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May 8, 2012

Four Ivy Baseball Players Earn Capital One Academic All-District Honors

Complete Capital Academic All-District Baseball Teams

Portions courtesy of Brown Sports Information and Cornell Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Four Ivy League baseball players were named to the Capital  One/CoSIDA 2012 Academic All-District 1 team, it was announced. Brown's John Sheridan and Mike DiBiase joined Cornell's Frank Hager and Dartmouth's Jeff Keller on the first team.

The 2012 Capital One Academic All-District ® Baseball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), have been released to recognize the nation's top student‐athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

The Academic All-District ® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the first year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and doubles the number of scholar‐athletes honored. The teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two‐year schools.

First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

DiBiase, a double concentrator in Philosophy and Economics, has a 3.52 GPA. The senior appeared in 40 games this season and led the squad with five home runs, 26 walks and a .401 on-base percentage. DiBiase was among the Ivy League leaders, ranking third in walks and 11th in runs scored.

Sheridan, a Public Policy & American Institutions concentrator, has a 3.65 GPA, and finished third in the conference with 12 stolen bases, one behind the league leader. The third-year center fielder is second on the Bears with a .315 average, while ranking second with two triples and fifth with a .432 slugging percentage.

Hager has started all of the Big Red's 47 games at first base, ranking second on the team with a .305 batting average and 51 hits. He leads the team with 15 doubles, and has also added a triple and three home runs. An economics major, Hager has a 3.31 grade-point average.
 
A sophomore, Keller has not yet declared a major, but he does hold an impressive 3.95 GPA. On the field, Keller is second in the team in batting average (.352), fourth on the team in hits (43) and third on the squad in doubles (eight). He is tied for the team lead with five home runs and ranks second on Dartmouth with 26 RBI.