ELMHURST, IL (KWSN) – With the conclusion of the 2014 Summit League Baseball Championship, the league has announced its Academic All-League Team as voted on by the institution's faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors. A total of nine student-athletes were named to the team and honored for their academic and athletic performances this season.
Regular season champion Omaha placed a league-leading three student-athletes to the team, while tournament champion North Dakota State and South Dakota State were next with two selections each. Fort Wayne and Western Illinois both placed one student-athlete on the team.
Tyler Fox, Caleb Palensky and Clayton Taylor were named to the team from UNO. All three also earned all-league first team honors this season with Fox being named Summit League Pitcher of the Year. Fox has a 3.52 grade-point average (GPA) as a marketing and management major. He led the league with nine wins this season (9-1) with a 2.59 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 78.2 innings pitched. He went a perfect 5-0 in league games with a 2.40 ERA. Palensky was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team with a 3.94 GPA majoring in exercise science and emergency management. He had a .305 average with 40 RBI, 15 doubles and four homers this year. In Summit League games, Palensky had a .671 slugging percentage, 57 total bases, 25 RBI and eight doubles, all league-leading. Taylor hit .342 on the year with a league-leading 48 RBI with a 3.83 GPA as an IT innovation and marketing major. He was second in total bases (112), doubles (17), home runs (9) and slugging percentage (.599).
Summit League Player of the Year Tim Colwell and All-Summit League Second Team selection Wes Satzinger represented the Bison. Colwell was named the 2014 Capital One Baseball Academic All-American of the Year while being named to the first team for the third-straight season. He also earned his third consecutive first team all-league honor and was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. He graduated with a perfect 4.00 GPA as a zoology and Spanish major while guiding NDSU to its first league tournament title and appearance in the Division I NCAA Tournament. Colwell led the Bison in batting average (.378), runs (44), hits (76), total bases (96) and stolen bases (19). He also holds NDSU career records for triples (18), hits (291), games played (211), runs scored (172) and steals (52). Satzinger has a 3.72 GPA as a health and physical education major while helping the Bison to the league tournament title. He led NDSU this season in doubles (18), slugging percentage (.515) and on-base percentage (.456).
A pair of first team all-league recipients represented South Dakota State in J.D. Moore and Scott Splett. Moore is a pre-economics major with a 3.47 GPA as a relief pitcher. He compiled a 4-3 record, 3.07 ERA and eight saves in 24 appearances over 29.1 innings this season. He did not allow a run in league play, posting a 2-0 record with four saves. His 26 career saves are tops in the SDSU career record book and second in The Summit League. Splett is a two-time All-Tournament Team member and led the Jackrabbits with 40 runs and a .405 on-base percentage. He batted .305 with 27 RBI, 12 doubles and three home runs while reaching base in 55-of-57 games this season.
Fort Wayne’s Greg Kaiser was selected to the team and carries a 3.78 GPA majoring in finance. He finished the year with a .289 batting average and .536 slugging percentage with 38 RBI, nine doubles, eight homers and four triples. OnMarch 17, Kaiser was one of six players named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week.
Western Illinois’ Tanner Glore was named to the all-league first team and to the All-Tournament Team for the second consecutive year. He has a 3.77 GPA as an exercise science major and led the Leathernecks with a .335 batting average and 34 RBI.
To be eligible for the Academic All-League team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of their team's competitions, except pitchers in baseball and softball who must have participated in 20 percent of their team’s total contests. The baseball all-league team is made up of the nine student-athletes receiving the most votes with all ties standing.
Courtesy: Summit League