Point Park baseball has four players named Capital One (R) Academic All-District
May 17, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Capital One (R) Acad. All-Dist. First Team (L to R): RF Don McDuffee, 2B Tom Birko, SP Sean Clark, RP Josh Brooks.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University baseball had four of its most important players named Capital One (R) Academic All-District College Division First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) for the 2013 season, as announced earlier this month.
The Pioneers (39-16, 14-6 KIAC), who made it to the NAIA national tournament for the second year in a row, also got in done it the classroom with starting right fielder Don McDuffee (3.79 GPA), starting second baseman Tom Birko (3.64), No. 1 starting pitcher Sean Clark (3.49) and bullpen set-up man Josh Brooks (3.44) all making the Capital One (R) Academic All-District First Team.
To be eligible, student-athletes must have at least a 3.30 GPA as a starter or important reserve and have at least one year at their current school. Nominees are voted upon by members of CoSIDA, and taken into account are not only their academics but their performance on the field. Each of the all-district selections have their names advance to the national ballot for consideration for Capital One (R) Academic All-American, which is also voted on by CoSIDA members.
Clark and Birko are on the all-district academic team for the second year in a row. McDuffee and Brooks made the list for the first time in their first year of eligibility. Both McDuffee and Brooks transferred to Point Park last year.
McDuffee's 3.79 GPA is in business management and marketing. The senior right fielder from Champaign, Ill., had a career year with a .379 batting average as the Pioneers' leadoff hitter. McDuffee had a team-high 77 hits, which is the fourth-highest, single-season total in team history. A KIAC All-Conference selection, McDuffee had 11 doubles, a team-high five triples and also 38 RBIs.
Birko has a 3.64 GPA in sports, arts and entertainment management. He is a junior second baseman from Kennedy Twp., Pa., and Montour High School. Birko hit .364 and was second on the team with 41 RBIs this year. The KIAC All-Conference pick played a great second base with only three errors and a .983 field percentage.
Clark, who has a 3.49 GPA in biology, was the No. 1 starting pitcher for the Pioneers in his senior year. He is a native of Titusville, Pa., and he was 6-5 with a 5.86 ERA on the season. Clark had a team-high 11 starts and ended his career with 21 wins to rank fourth in Pioneers history. The 21 wins came in just three years after transferring from Duquesne.
Brooks, an accounting major with a 3.44 GPA, settled into the set-up role out of the bullpen. The senior from Phoenix, Ariz., transferred to the Pioneers last year from NAIA Ottawa (Kan.) University. In his most extensive work with Point Park, he was 4-0 with a 0.77 ERA in 15 appearances this year. He made two starts and pitched a total of 35.0 innings. Brooks was 7-0 with a 2.06 ERA in two years with the Pioneers.
CoSIDA will announce the Capital One (R) Academic All-American College Division teams on May 28, 2013. For more information on the program, visit www.capitaloneacademicallamerica.com