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Kimmel Earns Academic Honor

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Matt Kimmel led Azusa Pacific with 14 doubles and a .517 slugging percentage as a senior in 2014.

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June 11, 2014
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- Senior outfielder Matt Kimmel was named to the Cosida/Capital One Academic All-District Team, honoring the four-year starter for his work in the classroom and his accomplishments on the field. Kimmel was one of three Pacific West Conference players named to the NCAA Division II District 8 team.

“Matt’s been one of the staples of our program over the last four seasons, and it’s another great honor to an already lengthy list of achievements for him. It’s one thing to produce on the field, but it’s entirely another to do so when it’s accompanied by the level of success he’s had in the classroom. Matt embodies what it means to be a student athlete, and we’re happy to see him recognized for his hard work,” said head coach Paul Svagdis.

Kimmel wrapped up his productive career with a .358 batting average behind a team-high 14 doubles and .517 slugging percentage during his senior season. The Redmond, Wash. native, who broke the Azusa Pacific record for singles in 2012 (72) put together a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 as an applied exercise science major.

The Capital One Academic All-America program is the only award to recognize student-athletes for their work on the field and in the classroom. To be eligible a student-athlete must be a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or above. The All-District and All-American teams are voted on by each universities’ sports information directors.

For the complete list of the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District baseball teams click here (PDF).