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Academic Standouts

Jul 1, 2021
Quentin Selma (left) and John Lagattuta were two of four Golden Bears named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Team Thursday.

BERKELEY – Four California student-athletes were named to the 2021 Academic All-District® Baseball Team on Thursday, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced.
 
Reuben Drogin (pitcher), John Lagattuta (designated hitter), Nathan Manning (outfield) and Quentin Selma (infield) joined seven other student-athletes from schools in the states of California, Oregon and Washington on the District 8 First Team. The Academic All-District teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
 
Cal was one of just three schools nationwide with four selections to an academic all-district team, joining Kentucky (District 2) and Stanford (District 8). Visit cosida.com to view the full list CoSIDA Academic All-District baseball selections.
 
Drogin maintained the highest grade-point average on Cal's baseball squad for three consecutive years and is expected to graduate this summer with his degree in mathematics. A valuable reliever in his final season in Berkeley, Drogin posted a 0.66 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 13.2 innings pitched across 10 appearances on the mound. Along with 15 strikeouts to five walks, Drogin did not surrender an earned run over his first nine appearances of the spring.
 
Lagattuta earned his degree in business administration from Cal in May following a senior season that saw him set career highs in nearly every statistical category. As the Bears' primary designated hitter, Lagattuta slashed .230/.289/.348 in 47 games played (34 starts) along with nine extra-base hits, 20 runs batted in and 15 runs scored. He hit two of his three home runs in Pac-12 play and tallied nine multi-hit games.
 
Manning, a political science major, proved to be one of the best stories of Cal's 2021 campaign as he earned a starting role in the outfield after a 5-for-5, four-RBI performance in just his second career start on March 20. The center fielder slashed .277/.353/.338 in 48 games played (39 starts) and excelled during non-conference play, batting a scorching .432 in such contests. Along with midseason streaks of 18 consecutive games on base and nine games with a hit, Manning scored 24 runs, tallied 21 RBI and had seven extra-base hits, including one home run.
 
Selma, who graduated in May with his degree in city & regional planning, was an All-Pac-12 First Team and ABCA All-West Region Second Team selection after an impressive finish to his collegiate career in 2021. The left-handed slugger and third baseman led all Pac-12 players in home runs during conference play (11) and hit 15 total long balls throughout the season while slashing .291/.368/.544. While making 54 starts in 55 games played, Selma totaled 60 hits, 47 RBI, 43 runs and 24 walks. He scored a trio of ranked foes to finish the season, hitting .368 (14-for-38) with seven home runs and 15 RBI against No. 12 Stanford, No. 18 UCLA and No. 10 Oregon.
 
As Academic All-District First Team selections, the four Bears will automatically be placed on the Academic All-America ballot. First, second and third team (when selected) Academic All-America selections will be announced July 29. To be eligible for Academic All-District and All-America distinction, nominees must have reached at least sophomore academic standing and have a 3.30 GPA or higher to go along with legitimate on-field contributions. The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographical districts across the United States and Canada. The Academic All-America program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools and other affiliations.
 
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