McKeon, Smith Earn CoSIDA Academic All-America Honors
PULLMAN, Wash. (June 7, 2022) – Washington State infielders Jack Smith and Jacob McKeon were each named to CoSIDA Academic All-America Teams, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Tuesday.
Smith (INF) was named to the first team, becoming the first Cougar to earn the honor since outfielder Collin Slaybaugh in 2013 while McKeon (DH) was named to the second team, the first to do so since Slaybaugh earned second-team honors in 2014. Smith and McKeon are the first set of Cougar teammates to earn Academic All-America honors in the same season since Jim Chapados (OF) and Joe McIntosh (P) in 1973.
Smith completed his fifth season at WSU and is a three-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll selection, earned his bachelor's degree in finance last spring and currently owns a 4.00 GPA while working on his master's in business administration. The Mercer Island, Wash. native was named All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention after finishing the regular season tied for sixth in the conference in hitting (.358) along with team-highs in hits (69), doubles (17), RBI (36), multiple-RBI games (12) and multiple-hit games (20) including a team-best four 4-hit games. In conference play, Smith hit .346, tied for the team-lead with seven doubles and led the team with 18 RBI.
McKeon owns a 3.98 GPA while majoring in kinesiology and earned Pac-12 Conference Academic Honor Roll accolades last season. The Phoenix native was named to the All-Pac-12 team after finishing the regular season tenth in the conference in hitting (.348), seventh in on-base percentage (.446) and ninth in slugging percentage (.584). McKeon recorded team-highs in extra base-hits (23), home runs (7), slugging percentage, on-base percentage and walks (28), and was second on the team in hits (56), doubles (15) and RBI (32). In conference play, McKeon led WSU in hitting (.351), doubles (7), home runs (4) and slugging (.574), and earned Pac-12 Player of the Week after hitting home runs in all three games in the series win at No. 10 Oregon.