GLIAC Baseball Boasts Five Capital One Academic All-America Selections

GLIAC Baseball Boasts Five Capital One Academic All-America Selections

AUSTIN, Texas – Five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) baseball student-athletes earned 2015 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II recognition on Tuesday (June 2), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

Ashland's Stephen James had an impressive 2014-15 school year, both on and off the field. Putting up one of the top Eagle offensive efforts in recent memory this spring, he hit .398 with 67 runs scored, 86 hits, 18 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs, 54 RBIs, eight stolen bases, a .462 on-base percentage and a .708 slugging percentage.

Ohio Dominican's Lee Sponseller was named a First Team All-GLIAC pick and led the conference in both batting average (.410) and on-base percentage (.510) this spring. He ranked third in the GLIAC with a .609 slugging percentage, swatting six home runs (tied for fourth) and driving in 39 (eighth).

Grand Valley State's Kevin Zak, who led the Lakers in nearly every offensive category in 2015, recently completed one of the best careers in school history. Zak broke GLIAC records for career hits (303), at bats (801) and assists (585). Moreover, he set the GVSU career record for runs (198), while ranking third in RBIs (183) and second in doubles (50) and total bases (418). 

ODU's Kyle Tisdale batted .329 on the season and tallied a .446 on-base percentage, eighth-best in the GLIAC. He tied with Sponseller for walks with 32 and drove in 24 runs this season. Tisdale, who will attend law school at Akron, threw out 36.8 percent of basestealers this season. He finished with 14 multi-hit games and in his career batted .317 with four home runs and 103 RBI with a .396 on-base percentage.

Northwood's Travis Smith was the top offensive player over the past two seasons for the Timberwolves. This year, Smith lead the team in doubles (15), home runs (five), triples (two), RBIs (33) and walks (36). He also ranks second on the team in on-base percentage (.424) and slugging (.491). For the year, Smith ranked in the top 10 in the GLIAC in seven different offensive categories.

Capital One Academic All-America -- First Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
P Matthew Kaplanis Indianapolis Jr. Fort Wayne, Ind. 3.97 Accounting / CPA Track
P Jon Klein Mercyhurst Sr. Cheektowaga, N.Y. 3.77 Accounting & Finance
C Michael Jurgella St. Cloud State Sr. Plover, Wis. 3.62 Finance
INF Christian Binger Southwest Baptist Jr. Lee's Summit, Mo. 4.00 Sports Management
INF Matthew Chavez New Mexico Highlands Sr. Pasadena, Calif. 3.83 Health & Exercise Sciences
INF Stephen James Ashland Sr. Westlake, Ohio 3.81 Exercise Science
INF Matt Peters California (Pa.) Sr. Upper Darby, Pa. 3.61 Liberal Studies
OF Justin Harris Emporia State Sr. Tulsa, Okla. 3.50 Business
OF Matt Paculan Urbana Sr. Mississauga, Ontario 3.80 Psychology
OF Lee Sponseller Ohio Dominican So. Mason, Ohio 3.82 Business
DH Davis Richardson Harding Sr. Kennesaw, Ga. 4.00 Interior Design


Capital One Academic All-America -- Second Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
P Luke Mould Alabama Huntsville Sr. Athens, Ala. 3.93 Chemical Engineering
P Ryan Reno Colorado Mesa Sr. Lakewood, Colo. 3.89 Public Administration / Safety
C Kyle Tisdale Ohio Dominican Sr. Uniontown, Ohio 3.67 Criminal Justice
INF Blake Edwards Columbus State Jr. Zebulon, Ga. 4.00 Finance
INF Nick Spini East Central Sr. Fairfield, Calif. 3.76 Biology
INF Jay Young East Stroudsburg So. Pen Argyl, Pa. 3.82 Physics / Computer Science
INF Kevin Zak Grand Valley State Sr. Novi, Mich. 3.61 Accounting
OF Jesse Jennings Minnesota, Crookston Sr. Robbinsdale, Minn. 3.93 Criminal Justice
OF Brandon Martinez Kutztown Sr. Lansdale, Pa. 3.83 Business Administration
OF Paul Trenhaile Truman State Sr. Hannibal, Mo. 3.48 Accounting
DH Travis Smith Northwood (Mich.) Sr. Clare, Mich. 3.75 Finance