Three Pac-12 baseball player named academic all-americans
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. —Three Pac-12 baseball players have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Baseball team, CoSIDA announced Friday. USC’s Kevin Swick was selected to the first team while WASHINGTON STATE’s Collin Slaybaugh and STANFORD’s Danny Diekroeger earned second-team honors.
Swick, a senior from La Canada, Calif., is a Business Administration major with a psychology minor carrying a 3.83 grade-point-average. On the field, Swick was a regular starter in the infield for the Trojans, who turned in their first winning season since 2005. The infielder, who was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Mar. 4, was a third-team Academic All-America in 2013. Swick started 50 games for the Trojans in 2014, hitting a team second-best .299. He is the first USC baseball player ever to earn a first team honor.
Slaybaugh, a native of Puyallup, Wash., is a Kinesiology major with a 4.0 grade-point-average. The senior—who switched from catcher to outfielder in his final year of eligibility—was a first team Academic All-America selection in 2013. He started 51 of 52 games this year and was second on the team in batting average (.299) and hits (64).
Diekroeger, the Cardinal’s starting first baseman in 2014, earns the honor for the first time. The Woodside, Calif. native is a Computer Science major, recording a 3.80 grade-point average. The senior has been a two year-starter in the infield for Stanford, who returned to the NCAA tournament after a one year absence in 2013. He has turned in a stellar final campaign, highlighted by being named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on April 21 and an eight game hitting streak from March 4-28. He was named to the 2014 Pac-12 all-Conference team as well as the Pac-12’s 10-man All-Defensive team.
To view a complete list of 2014 Capital One Academic All-Americans, visit www.cosida.com.