ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson University baseball standout Jackson Strange has been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Baseball Team, as announced Thursday morning.
The teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Strange drew a starting nod in all 54 games this season, while helping lead the Trojans to their most wins in a season since the 2003 edition of Trojan baseball claimed an NCAA D-II era school-record 31 victories. The Greenville, S.C., native led the team and ranked sixth in the South Atlantic Conference with 19 doubles, while standing third on the team with a .310 batting average and 65 hits on the season. Strange finished the season with 43 RBI and a .538 slugging percentage.
He recorded 16 multiple-hit games and posted a season-high 14-game hitting streak during the month of April, while capping the season by earning All-Tournament accolades at the 2018 Pilot/Flying J SAC Baseball Championship.
A rising senior, Strange is a five-time member of the Anderson University Dean's List and carries a 3.91 GPA, while majoring in Mathematics/Actuarial Science.
The Google Cloud Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada and recognize honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools and other affiliations.
To be eligible for 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 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America® honorees to be announced in June.
The Division II and III Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams.
NCAA DIVISION II – DISTRICT 3 (Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt, South Atlantic)
Pos. Name School GPA Yr. Major
P Cate, Dillon Carson-Newman University 4.00 Gr. Business
P Whitson, Landon Lenoir-Rhyne University 3.54 Sr. Exercise Science
C Yoder, Thomas Belmont Abbey College 3.93 Sr. Mathematics
IF Allman, Colin Newberry College 3.50 So. Business Administration
IF Cleary, Connor Coker College 3.93 Sr. Social Sciences
IF Schmal, Nate Georgia College 3.64 Sr. Management Information Systems
IF Strange, Jackson Anderson University 3.91 Jr. Mathematics / Actuarial Science
OF Andrus, Ty Wingate University 4.00 Sr. Criminal Justice
OF Mattix, Logan Georgia College 3.66 Sr. Marketing
OF Washington, Tyler Young Harris College 3.88 Sr. Psychology
DH Herring, Ben Newberry College 3.91 Sr. International Studies