Transy's Kuebbing; RHIT's Krueger & Zobrist Earn Academic All-America Honors
2011 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Team (click here)
GREENWOOD, IN - The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has placed three athletes on the CoSIDA Academic All-America baseball squad for the 2011 season. Transylvania senior Ben Kuebbing (Burlington, Ky./St. Henry) was selected as the designated hitter of the first team, while Rose-Hulman seniors Neil Krueger (Beach Park, Ill./Zion Benton) and B.J. Zobrist (Eureka, Ill./H.S.) were selected as members of the third team.
Kuebbing, a senior DH for the Pioneers, is the first Transylvania student-athlete to make the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team. Kuebbing, a business-finance and economics major, has a 3.86 grade-point average and hit .453 as a senior to earn All-HCAC first team honors for the second time in his career. The senior also scored 27 runs with six homers and 33 RBI.
Krueger, a senior designated hitter for the Engineers, batted .315 with 17 hits, three doubles and one home run as the team's DH this season. In the classroom, Krueger compiled a 3.96 grade point average as an engineering physics major.
Zobrist, a senior infielder for Rose, batted .296 and started 40 games as the team's primary second baseman this season. His efforts included 40 hits, five doubles, 32 runs scored and a team-high 11 sacrifice hits. In the classroom, Zobrist compiled a 3.86 grade point average in civil engineering.
Krueger and Zobrist become the 89th and 90th Academic All-Americans in Rose-Hulman athletics history. Their effort also marks the 26th consecutive year that at least one Rose-Hulman student-athlete has earned Academic All-American honors, the sixth longest streak among all NCAA Division I, II or III institutions.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.