GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Piedmont College baseball team had three players named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, voted on by the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Seniors BRADY BALLSTADT and ANDREW BURDEN earned recognition for the second straight year while right-handed pitcher DAVID CRAFT earned the honor for his final season at Piedmont.
For the second straight year, Ballstadt earned USA South Player of the Year and All-USA South First Team honors. He finished the regular season with a .411 batting average, two home runs, 53 runs scored and 31 RBI. The senior center field from Suwanee, Georgia led the USA South in runs scored and doubles, tied for the league lead in stolen bases and ranked second in batting average and hits.
He earned USA South Player of the Week honors on March 25 and broke the Piedmont career records for home runs, doubles, RBI, hits and runs scored during the season. Ballstadt also broke his own season record for doubles in a campaign, finishing the season with 19, one better than his 2017 mark.
Burden earned All-USA South First Team honors for the second consecutive season after concluding the regular season with a .368 batting average and a .525 on-base percentage which ranked second in the USA South. The senior first baseman from Sharpsburg, Georgia also launched a pair of homers and drove in a team-high 45 runs, also second in the league. His 41 walks also ranked second in the conference.
After transitioning to the bullpen for his final season with the Lions, Craft still made his presence felt on the mound. The right-hander from McDonough, Georgia pitched 42 innings in the regular season in 21 appearances. His six wins and 52 strikeouts each ranked second on the team behind SAM CARPENTER. His 52 K's ranked seventh in the USA South and first among pitchers who did not start a game.
This marks the second straight season in which the program has placed three on the Academic All-District Team as JUSTIN GROOVER joined Ballstadt and Burden in 2018. Groover went on to be named to the Academic All-American team one month later.
The CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-American team is set to be released in early June.
The trio earned Google Cloud Academic All-District honors through voting by CoSIDA members in District V, which encompasses Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
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.