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May 30, 2012
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- Not only did Matt Kimmel have an amazing year on the field, but in the classroom as well as the sophomore earned CoSIDA Capital One Academic all-American honors. The centerfielder, who led Azusa Pacific in batting with a .437 clip from the plate, was named to the College Division’s third team after putting up a 3.57 GPA.

Candidates for the Capital One Academic All-America program are selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) based on a combination of athletic and academic performance. The centerfielder, who hit nine homeruns, 20 doubles, and drove in 60 runs, earned all-Golden State Athletic Conference honors and has a strong chance at being named an NAIA all-American later this week. Kimmel helped Azusa Pacific to one its best seasons in years as the Cougars won the GSAC regular season title and were within a run of going to their sixth NAIA World Series.

The honor was the team’s eighth academic accolade as seven Cougars earned GSAC Scholar Athlete recognition, with the next closest teams (The Master’s and Fresno Pacific) having three each.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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