(Tuesday, May 30; Sioux Center, Iowa) The 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America™ Baseball Teams have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Cam Gingerich (Senior; Riverside, Iowa) was included on that list as a second-team honoree.
Gingerich graduated with a 3.63 grade point average while studying Agriculture at Dordt College. This season he batted .396 while starting at shortstop in 43 games. He is the career hits leader at Dordt and is the first player in the history of the program to surpass 200 career hits. He has scored a team record 142 runs during his career and is among the career leaders in doubles, runs batted in and total bases.
“There is no one in our program who deserves these accolades more than Cam. He has set an example and shown others how to grow as both a player and a student through his four years in the Dordt baseball program. Many of the attributes Cam showed during his career will serve him well as he pursues a career in agriculture,” said Dordt College baseball coach Jeff Schouten.
This is the sixth 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.
Gingerich is the second Dordt College baseball player in three seasons to earn Academic All-American status from CoSIDA and he is one of two GPAC members to be named to one of the two honor teams.