AUSTIN, Texas--Already a two-time All-America for his performance on the field for 2018, Adrian College pitcher Tommy Parsons (New Albany, Ohio) can add another major award for his qualities off it: Academic All-America. On Tuesday, the recent business management graduate was chosen to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Third Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Parsons is the first Adrian baseball Academic All-America® student-athlete since Matthew Bruder in 1995. At least one Adrian Bulldog has earned CoSIDA Academic All-America® each year since 2015--the first four-year string to make school history.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound right-hander landed on the American Baseball Coaches' Association All-America First Team and D3baseball.com All-America Second Team this season. He was touted the 2018 Mideast Pitcher of the Year by both the ABCA and D3baseball.com.
A three-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year, Parsons posted an 11-0 mark with one save while leading the MIAA in earned-run average (1.72), victories, strikeouts (109), shutouts (2), complete games (10) and innings pitched (94.0). Opponents hit just .232 against him. Among NCAA Division III leaders, Parsons is first in complete games, third in strikeout-to-walks ratio (15.57), fifth in strikeouts and walks allowed per nine innings (0.67), 21st in WHIP (0.95) and 32nd in ERA. He has been on D3baseball's and ABCA all-region first team for the three consecutive years.
Parsons is the NCAA all-Divisions active career leader with 40 wins against only four losses, including a personal 23-game winning streak. Among current Division III all-time leaders, Parsons is first in complete games (24), second with seven shutouts and fourth with 288 strikeouts. As a junior, he went 44.1 innings without issuing a walk for what is believed to be a NCAA III record.
He helped the Bulldogs sweep the MIAA regular-season and tournament championships for the sixth time in the past seven seasons, extending their conference-record of 10-consecutive first-place finishes. He factored into two of Adrian's three victories en route to the MIAA tourney crown that garners an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship, picking up a 9-2 win over Calvin and his first career save versus Hope to clinch it. In 10 innings, he allowed just two earned runs while striking out nine (and no walks).
All told, Adrian has compiled 22 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans® since 1980.
Parsons is an AC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member and performed community service with Little League as a youth baseball coach, Halloween Patrol (helping keep Adrian children safe on city streets) and Adrian City clean-up crew (raking leaves and picking up trash while putting up Christmas decorations for the winter).
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution; have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form; be in residence for a year at their institution; and be at least sophomore academic standing. In baseball and softball, pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched. Athletes who have not participated in at least 50 percent of their team's contests are not eligible.
CoSIDA began the distinguished Google Cloud Academic All-America® program in 1952, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports across all divisions with these elite Academic All-America® scholar-athlete honors.
Currently, CoSIDA sponsors Academic All-America® programs for men's soccer, women's soccer, football, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball and men's and women's track and field/cross country. Many other sports are eligible through the At-Large program.
Lester Jordan, then Sports Information Director at SMU, is considered the father of the first team (football), which was released on Saturday, December 6, 1952. Men's Basketball was added in 1963 and baseball in 1970. The first women's Academic All-America® team-for women's basketball-appeared in 1980. Legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg was named the national spokesperson for the program in 1986. Starting with the 1987-88 seasons, CoSIDA began selecting an Academic All-America of the Year in each sport and an overall Academic All-America® of the Year by division.
The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is comprised of four divisional teams, with student-athletes being honored separately in Division I, Division II and Division III. The College Division team is comprised of NAIA, Canadian and two-year student-athletes. This format began in the 2011-12 academic year. Previously there were two teams — University Division (D1) and a College Division (all others).
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