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Courtesy: SWAC.org

Baseball Players Earn Academic All-America Honors

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 06/07/2018

AUSTIN, Texas – Hunter Phillips of Alabama State and Rafael Ramirez from Grambling State earned Second Team Google Cloud Academic All-America, selected by CoSIDA, that recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom, it was announced Thursday.

Phillips graduated from Alabama State in May with a 4.00 grade point average in Computer Info Systems. The junior was named to NCAA Division I District Four First Team last month, with the district consisting of the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and South Carolina. He finished the season hitting .320 in 40 games (35 starts) with 11 doubles, one home run and 22 runs batted in.

Ramirez, who is a kinesiology major and boasts a 3.88 GPA, had an outstanding sophomore season for the Black and Gold. He earned several honors throughout the season, including being a two-time Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Hitter of the Week selection, All-SWAC Second-Team and All-SWAC Tournament Team honors.  

The San Antonio, Texas native was second on the team in batting with a .353 average in 170 at-bats. He played in 47 games and started in 45, with 60 hits, including a team-high 17 doubles and 16 home runs. He drove in a team-high 66 runners and scored 36 times. Ramirez was second on the team in walks with 24 and was hit by a pitch seven times.   Nationally, Ramirez ranks first in runs batted in, fifth in slugging percentage, 13th in home runs per game and 22nd in runs batted in.

The Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team produced an average GPA of 3.90 with the first team combining for an average GPA of 3.97. The team includes 11 student-athletes with 4.0 GPA and two graduate students.

Alabama State and Grambling State Sports Information contributed to this report