AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) named Piedmont senior outfielder BRADY BALLSTADT to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Second Team, announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Ballstadt's selection marks the second consecutive year that the baseball team has had a player reach Academic All-America status after JUSTIN GROOVER earned the honor for the first time in program history in 2018.
On May 9, Ballstadt joined teammates ANDREW BURDEN and DAVID CRAFT in earning a spot on the Google Cloud Academic All-District team.
His selection now gives Piedmont 12 total athletes who have earned Academic All-America honors. He is the second Lion to earn the honor this season after women's soccer's Devin Haupt was named in December.
For Ballstadt, the honor adds to his already impressive resume at Piedmont. This season, he broke the school career records for home runs, doubles, hits, runs and RBI. He was rewarded with USA South Player of the Year honors for the second straight year and All-USA South First Team honors for the third straight year.
He was named All-South Region First Team and an Honorable Mention All-American by D3baseball.com in addition to being named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region First Team for the second straight season. He also led Piedmont to a 19-3 conference record and its first ever USA South Regular Season Championship.
Ballstadt graduated from Piedmont in May with a degree in management and marketing.
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.