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Austin Kaiser of Colorado Mesa Leads Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Baseball Team

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Colorado Mesa University senior outfielder Austin Kaiser leads the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Baseball Team,  as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The sports management major with a 3.81 G.P.A., Kaiser is the Academic All-America® of the Year for Division II baseball.

The Capital One Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2013-14 Division II Academic All-America teams program.

Kaiser is one of seven Capital One Academic All-America® first team members who helped their squads qualify for the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament. He is the only Academic All-America® first team pick who advanced to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship in Cary, North Carolina.

The Colorado Springs, Colorado, native leads the nation with his .495 batting average. The NCBWA National Player of the Year, Kaiser’s statistics line includes 105 hits, 23 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs and 59 RBI. He has a .797 slugging percentage and a .524 on-base percentage with 28 stolen bases in 32 attempts.

Kaiser was a first team All-American as named by Daktronics and the NCBWA. He received the South Central Region Player of the Year award from the ABCA and the NCBWA. The Mavericks entered the World Series with a 44-11 overall record. Kaiser is joined on the Capital One Academic All-America® squad by teammate Nate Robertson. The junior infielder from Montrose, Colorado, received third team laurels.

Kaiser’s mates in the Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II first team outfield are Shepherd University graduate student Michael Lott and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania junior Brandon Martinez. Lott is pursuing his master’s degree in business administration degree with a 3.49 G.P.A., while Martinez majors in business administration with a 3.83 G.P.A.

Lott, who is from Woodbridge, Virginia, led the Rams with his .404 batting average, while also topping the charts in hits (76) and at-bats (188). His statistics ledger included 52 runs scored, 34 RBI, 12 doubles, one triple and three home runs. The first team All-Mountain East Conference and Rawlings ABCA All-Atlantic Region selection completes his Shepherd career as the team’s all-time leader in career at-bats (655), hits (250), runs scored (187) and stolen bases (62).

Martinez was selected All-Atlantic Region second team by the ABCA, Daktronics and the NCBWA. His career-best .392 batting average was the fifth-best output in the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference. The first team All-PSAC East choice was 35-for-36 on stolen base attempts, setting a new KU record for steals in a season. The two-time All-Region and All-PSAC pick held a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) this season with a career-high 102 putouts during the 2014 campaign.

The Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II baseball first team features two returners -  Pittsburg State University senior infielder Brad Foss, who was a first team member in 2013, and Southern New Hampshire University senior pitcher Derrick Sylvester, who was named to the third team a year ago.

Foss started all 50 games for the Gorillas this year, hitting .331 with 15 doubles, two home runs and 29 RBI. The three-year starter from Lenexa, Kansas, split time between first base and third base while compiling a 3.97 G.P.A. as a graphic communications major.

Sylvester was a first team All-East Region choice by ABCA/Rawlings this year. The Franklin, New Hampshire, native posted a 9-2 overall record for the Penmen this season. In 93.2 innings, the right-hander struck out 100 and walked only 32. He recorded a 2.59 ERA with four complete games. Sylvester concludes his career as the program’s all-time victory leader with 20.

The infield includes four seniors. Grand Valley State University first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni is the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year as named by Daktronics. In the classroom, the Grosse Pointe, Michigan, native holds a 3.38 G.P.A. with his biology/pre-dental academic major.

A first team Daktronics and NCBWA All-American, Brugnoni led the Lakers in home runs (17), RBI (70), total bases (126), slugging percentage (.792) and on-base percentage (.528). He finishes his distinguished GVSU tenure as the school record holder in home runs (49), RBI (205), total bases (424), runs scored (174) and walks (121).

Rounding out the first team infield members are Malone University first baseman Logan Gray and Southwest Baptist University second baseman Landon Young. Gray majors in chemistry with a 3.85 G.P.A., while Young is a biblical studies major with a 3.90 G.P.A.

After missing much of the 2013 season due to injury, Gray was named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference second team for his performances this year. The Gnadenhutten, Ohio, native concluded the regular season as the GLIAC leader in doubles with 17. In addition, he is listed in the GLIAC top 10 in batting average (.379), hits (64) and RBI (32). Gray concluded his career with a .336 batting average, 41 doubles and 74 RBI.

Young hit .360 this season, while leading SBU in runs scored (54) and doubles (17) as the Bearcats won 29 games. The Bonne Terre, Missouri, native had seven home runs and 38 RBI. He struck out only nine times this season. He was one of only three Bearcats to start every game this year.

Mercyhurst (Pa.) University junior pitcher Dan Altavilla is the Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year as honored by Daktronics. The Greenock, Pennsylvania, native holds a 3.66 G.P.A. as a sports medicine major with a pre-physical therapy track. Altavilla was named a first team All-American by Daktronics and the NCBWA. Both organizations named him Atlantic Region pitcher of the year, as did the ABCA (Rawlings).

Altavilla compiled a 9-1 overall record in 2014 with an NCAA-best five shutouts in 12 starts. He had a 1.23 ERA in 80.1 innings of work. Altavilla registered a school-record 129 strikeouts, while limiting opponents to a .167 batting average. His strikeout total leads NCAA Division II. The righty threw his first collegiate no-hitter this season March 21 against Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

St. Cloud State University junior catcher Michael Jurgella completes the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II first team battery. An All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first team choice, the Plover, Wisconsin, native led the Huskies in batting average (.383), home runs (seven), RBI (46) and doubles (15). He finished the 2014 campaign with 64 hits and 35 runs scored.

New Mexico Highlands University designated hitter Matthew Chavez completes the Capital One Academic All-America® first team. The Pasadena, California, native was named to the All-South Central Region second team by the ABCA, Daktronics and the NCBWA. He led the Cowboys in batting average (.413) and runs scored (43). Chavez was selected to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference first team.

The 11 Capital One Academic All-America® first team members hold a composite 3.74 G.P.A. In addition to Kaiser, the six student-athletes who played in the 2014 NCAA tournament are Lott, Martinez, Brugnoni, Altavilla, Sylvester and Chavez.

The University of Tampa senior All-American pitcher Preston Packrall highlights the Capital One Academic All-America® second team. The Tampa, Florida, native and his Spartan teammates advanced to the 2014 NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship as champions of the South Region. He owns a 3.43 G.P.A. as a business management major.

Packrall has postseason company on the Capital One Academic All-America® second team, as four others also advanced to the NCAA tournament. They include Catawba College senior infielder Paul Kronenfeld, Felician College senior outfielder Joe Petosa, Millersville University of Pennsylvania senior designated hitter Dan Johnson, and junior pitcher Jamie Treml of Wilmington (Del.) University.

Filling out the second team are catcher Chas Goodwin of Newberry College; infielders Will Kengor of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Tony Schicktanz of Regis University, and Brandon Wilson of Lubbock Christian University; and outfielders Tyler Adams of Upper Iowa University and Ben Albano of Lewis University.

Three-time Capital One Academic All-America® baseball team member David Atwood of Young Harris College headlines the third team. A senior outfielder from Waynesville, North Carolina, Atwood made the first team in 2013 and the second team in 2012. He holds a 3.84 G.P.A. with his biology major. Atwood is joined on the third team by YHC senior infielder Adam Moore.

Shippensburg University senior infielder Pat Kregeloh is a repeat performer on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II third team. He has a 3.60 G.P.A. with an exercise science major. Two third team members are participating in the 2014 Division II Baseball National Championship: Colorado Mesa’s Robertson and University of Southern Indiana senior pitcher Matt Bowles.

The Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II third team includes six seniors, three juniors and two sophomores. Angelo State University sophomore outfielder David Goggin is the only 2014 Academic All-America® Division II pick with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. Goggin majors in chemistry. The remainder of the third team includes pitcher Rene Solis of St. Mary’s (Texas) University; catcher Joey Miller of Florida Southern College; infielder Paul Trenahile of Truman State University; outfielder Nate Olinger of the Colorado School of Mines; and designated hitter Dalton Gress of Francis Marion University.

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Michael MacEachern, Young Harris College (mfmaceachern@yhc.edu)             (706) 379-5106

Academic All-America® Vice Co-Chair for Publicity/Communications

David Sherwood, Wingate University (dsherwod@wingate.edu) (704) 233-8186

Academic All-America® Coordinator of Publicity           


2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Baseball Team

Division II


PDan AltavillaMercyhurstJr.Greenock, Pa.3.66Sports Medicine / Pre-Phys. Therapy
PDerrick Sylvester (3)Southern New HampshireSr.Franklin, N.H.3.9Psychology 
CMichael JurgellaSt. Cloud StateJr.Plover, Wis.3.56Finance 
IFGiancarlo BrugnoniGrand Valley StateSr.Grosse Pointe, Mich.3.38Biology Pre-Dental
IFBrad Foss (1)Pittsburg StateSr.Lenexa, Kan.3.97Graphic Communications
IFLogan GrayMaloneSr.Gnadenhutten, Ohio3.85Chemistry 
IFLandon YoungSouthwest BaptistSr.Bonne Terre, Mo.3.9Biblical Studies 
OFAustin KaiserColorado MesaSr.Colorado Springs, Colo.3.81Sports Management
OFMichael LottShepherdGr.Woodbridge, Va.3.49Master of Business Administration
OFBrandon MartinezKutztownJr.Lansdale, Pa.3.83Business Administration
DHMatthew ChavezNew Mexico HighlandsJr.Pasadena, Calif.3.79Human Performance & Sport


PPreston PackrallTampaSr.Tampa, Fla.3.43Business Management
PJamie TremlWilmington (Del.)Jr.Newark, Del.3.7Business Management
CChas GoodwinNewberrySr.Greer, S.C.3.98Chemistry [Biochem] & Biology
IFWill KengorSlippery RockSr.Pittsburgh, Pa.3.45Journalism
IFPaul KronenfeldCatawbaSr.Greensboro, N.C.3.94Business Administration
IFTony SchicktanzRegisSr.Colorado Springs, Colo.3.9Biology / Pre-Med
IFBrandon WilsonLubbock ChristianSr.Milliken, Colo.3.62Secondary Education
OFTyler AdamsUpper IowaSr.Onalaska, Wis.3.75Exercise & Sports Science
OFBen AlbanoLewisSr.West Dundee, Ill.3.6Business Administration
OFJoe PetosaFelicianSr.Spotswood, N.J.3.79MBA
DHDan JohnsonMillersvilleSr.Macungie, Pa.3.74Mathematics


PMatt BowlesSouthern IndianaSr.Mt. Washington, Ky.3.81Sport Management
PRene SolisSt. Mary’s (Texas)Sr.San Antonio, Texas3.59Criminal Justice
CJoey MillerFlorida SouthernJr.Sarasota, Fla.3.64Biology
IFPat Kregeloh (3)ShippensburgSr.Effort, Pa.3.6Exercise Science
IFAdam MooreYoung HarrisSr.Kennesaw, Ga.3.77Business & Public Policy
IFNate RobertsonColorado MesaJr.Montrose, Colo.3.74Sports Management
IFPaul TrenahileTruman StateJr.Hannibal, Mo.3.5Accounting
OFDavid Atwood (1) (#)Young HarrisSr.Waynesville, N.C.3.84Biology
OFDavid GogginAngelo StateSo.Red Wing, Minn.4Chemistry
OFNate OlingerColorado School of MinesSo.Arvada, Colo.3.73Mechanical Engineering
DHDalton GressFrancis MarionSr.Aiken, S.C.3.98Finance & Mathematics

Academic All-America® of the Year:  Austin Kaiser, Colorado Mesa

(1) - Capital One Academic All-America® Division II First Team in 2013

(3) - Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Third Team in 2013

(#) - Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Second Team in 2012