AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) named Piedmont senior JUSTIN GROOVER to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Team on Tuesday. The senior from Newnan, Georgia becomes the first baseball player for Piedmont to earn Academic All-America status as he took third team honors.
Groover earned All-District status alongside teammates ANDREW BURDEN and BRADY BALLSTADT in early May. Groover was one of 33 individuals across Division III to earn the honor and one of just nine outfielders.
Groover is a recent accounting and finance graduate at Piedmont College where he was named the valedictorian of his class. Athletically, he finished the season with a .281 batting average and had 47 runs off 50 hits.
Piedmont has now boasted a total of 10 Academic All-America honorees with the last coming in the fall of 2016 as SAVANNAH CASTLES, former women's soccer player, earned first team honors.
Twenty three of the 33 members of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III baseball teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 10 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA including Groover.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale), have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. In addition, nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's matches at their respective positions.
Release courtesy of the Piedmont sports information department.