Parker Tabbed Academic All-American
May 31, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Ryan Parker of the Indiana baseball team has been selected to the CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America University Division team, the organization announced Tuesday afternoon. Parker was one of 11 players and four infielders named to the first team.
Last season, Parker earned second team accolades. He is the only Hoosier to ever earn Academic All-America honors two times and is one of only two IU players to secure Academic All-America laurels (Joe Hillman, 1988).
"This honor shows the type of student-athlete Ryan Parker is," said Indiana head coach Bob Morgan. "He is just an outstanding young man. This is a great honor not only for Ryan, but Indiana University and our baseball program. After everything he has gone through this season, for Ryan to make first team All-America is outstanding, and we're very happy for Ryan and what he has done and accomplished during his career."
Parker, a business management major, recorded the highest GPA on the Academic All-District V team earlier this season. It marked the second straight season he picked up All-District honors.
On the field, Parker was an integral part of one of the top offenses in the Big Ten this season. Parker started 55 of the team's 56 games and was tied for third on the squad with a .340 batting average. He also was third on the club with five home runs and 51 RBI. In addition, Parker scored 40 runs, stole nine bases and collected 14 doubles and a pair of triples while playing flawlessly in the field (.992 fielding percentage).
To be eligible for All-America recognition, 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.
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