Parker An Academic All-American
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana baseball player Ryan Parker was named to the Academic All-America second team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced on Tuesday. He is the first Hoosier student-athlete this season to attain CoSIDA Academic All-America status.
Parker, a sophomore eligibility-wise, served as Indiana's designated hitter, and played in 47 games this season with 30 starting assignments. He finished the season with a .244 batting average, 29 runs scored, 24 RBI, 10 doubles and two home runs. He compiled six mulitple-hit games and six multiple-RBI games. Parker collected the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh and final inning on April 17 in IU's 5-4 win over Iowa. He also led the team with a .441 batting average (26-of-59) as a redshirt freshman in 2003.
A native of Hilliard, Ohio, and graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School, Parker has junior academic standing and is majoring in business management at Indiana. Earlier this year, he received IU's Tichenor Award, which is given to the male and female student-athletes with the highest degree of academic excellence.
Parker becomes the second IU baseball player ever to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. He joins Joe Hillman, who collected first-team honors in 1988. This also marks the third straight year that IU has had a student-athlete honored as an Academic All-American. In 2002, former men's soccer player Colin Rogers made the second team. In 2003, current senior Karen Dennison was named to the first at-large team.
The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America; a 2,000-member organization consisted of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing 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 Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
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