ETSU’s Hoilman, UNF’s Hale Earn Academic Honors

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

MACON, Ga. – ETSU's Paul Hoilman and UNF’s Preston Hale earned Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information District of America (CoSIDA) and ESPN the Magazine as announced Tuesday.

Hoilman, the only junior named to the ESPN the Magazine All-America University Division Baseball first team, owns a 3.93 GPA as a mathematics major. The Johnson City, Tenn. native had a standout season with ETSU. In addition to First-Team All-Conference honors, the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year finished the 2010 regular season ranked second in the nation in runs scored (76) and RBI (77) and also stands in the top 10 in hitting. Hoilman leads all A-Sun players from the plate with a .428 batting average, a .874 slugging percentage, runs scored, hits (95), homeruns (24) and total bases (194). Hoilman also ranks second in on base percentage (.524), third in RBIs, third in walks (44) and stands in a tie for third in doubles (23). He earned Preseason All-America honors, to go along with A-Sun Player of the Week accolades on April 26 and also stands as a Golden Spikes Watchlist candidate.

In addition to collecting First-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors, Hale joined Hoilman with First-Team All-America honors, as the top-hitter had a record-setting season with UNF. Hale owns a 3.71 GPA as a criminal justice major and leads UNF with a .387 batting average. The Lakeland, Fla. native holds school records for career hits, doubles and total bases, in addition to nine home runs with 58 RBI, both team highs. A starter in all 55 games, Hale recorded 20 doubles and scored 53 runs. The senior earned Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors on two occasions and has led the Ospreys to a 29-26 record and a spot in the conference tournament.

The 12 players on the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® College Division Baseball first team have an average GPA of 3.82. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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.

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