Lourdes University’s Cole Fitzgerald (Rome, N.Y./Centerville [Ohio] H.S.) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District I First Team baseball team in the college division as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A total of 12 student-athletes across the 22-state district were selected for the honor.
“I’m very proud of Cole,” head coach Andy Ham stated. “He does such a great job of working hard both on the field and in the classroom, and his success has paid off. He is a great representative of Lourdes University and is a student leader as well both on and off of the field.”
Fitzgerald, a sophomore outfielder, led the Gray Wolves batting .358 this season. He started 41 of the team’s 42 games and tallied nine doubles and four triples for a .473 slugging percentage. He drove home 21 runs at the plate while scoring 23 times and stole nine bases in 11 attempts. Defensively, Fitzgerald threw out 10 base runners from rightfield.
In the classroom Fitzgerald carries a 3.923 cumulative grade point average as a business major.
He is the second Lourdes baseball player to earn the honor, joining Phill Dysard in 2013.
To be eligible for Academic All-District honors, student-athletes must hold at least sophomore status, own a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and be either a starter or key reserve. The college division consists of all NAIA, Canadian, and two-year schools. District I consists of schools in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. After student-athletes are nominated by their respective institutions, the teams are then voted upon by members of CoSIDA.
By being named to the Academic All-District First Team, he now advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where All-America honorees will be selected later in May.