Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication
TACOMA, Wash. - College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its Google Cloud Academic All-District award winners for baseball on Thursday with Pacific Lutheran University outfielder Connor Cantu earning a spot on the NCAA Division III District 8 Team.
Connor is one of 11 student-athletes to be honored with selection to the District 8 Academic All-District First Team and one of three Northwest Conference players to earn a spot on the team.
The Spokane, Washington native and marketing major was a First Team All-NWC selection this spring, leading the league in base hits (65) while leading the team in runs scored (52). Cantu started in 41 games for the Lutes this season, boasting a .363 batting average with a team-best 18 doubles and four triples. He racked up 32 RBIs and 10 stolen bases while defensively, recorded 133 putouts. Cantu was honored as the George Fisher Scholar-Athlete Award winner on Sunday as the graduating senior male student-athlete with the top grade point average in the athletic department.
The 2018 Academic All-District Baseball Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution, and be nominated by their sports information director. District 8 for NCAA Division III is comprised of the the West Region, incorporating the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Canada.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
The Academic All-District teams recognize student-athletes divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the seventh year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America Team combines NAIA, Canadian, and two-year schools.
The Lutes had a banner year on the diamond, winning the Northwest Conference regular season title and finishing the season with a 25-17 overall record and an 18-7 mark in league play.