Point Park's Birko named to Capital One (R) Academic All-District First Team
May 2, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. ET
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University senior second baseman Tom Birko has been named to the Capital One (R) Academic All-District Baseball First Team in District 1 of the College Division, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday (May 1).
Birko, a senior from Kennedy Twp., Pa., and Montour High School, received the Capital One (R) Academic All-District First Team honor for the second year in a row. He has a 3.70 GPA as a graduate student pursuing an MBA degree. He had a 3.64 GPA as an undergraduate in sports, arts and entertainment management.
Birko's name will now be forwarded on to the national ballot, where he will have a chance to be named to the Capital One (R) Academic All-America baseball team once again. Birko was Capital One (R) Academic All-America Third Team last year.
Birko is one of 48 players in the NAIA to be named to the Capital One (R) Academic All-District First Teams in Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the College Division. He is one of four infielders on the 12-player District 1 First Team, which encompasses 23 states in the eastern and southern United States.
Nominated by CoSIDA members on their campuses, Capital One (R) Academic All-District honorees are voted on and selected by CoSIDA members for their combined performance on the field and in the classroom. Not only does Birko have the academic credentials, he is hitting .361 with two home runs and 38 RBIs in 47 games this year for No. 19 Point Park (38-13, 16-4 KIAC).
Birko was named last week to the All-KIAC Second Team and the All-KIAC Gold Glove as a second baseman. He has a .960 fielding percentage to lead all KIAC second basemen, third basemen and shortstops. The three-time all-conference selection is hitting .344 with a school-record 217 hits as well as 157 runs and 140 RBIs in 193 career games.
Birko and the Pioneers, the KIAC Tournament champions last week in Kingsport, Tenn., continue the regular season with a five-game series this weekend at Rio Grande (Ohio) before beginning the NAIA national tournament May 12.