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Peluso named Capital One (R) Academic All-American College Division Second Team

May 30, 2012

Derek Peluso delivers a pitch during the NAIA World Series vs. USC Beaufort on May 28, 2012


PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University senior pitcher Derek Peluso has been named to the Capital One (R) Academic All-American College Division Second Team as announced and selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Tuesday (May 29, 2012).

Peluso, a right-handed starting pitcher from Zelienople, Pa., and Seneca Valley High School, carries a 3.60 GPA as an Economics & Finance major.

On the mound, the 6-2, 205-pound Peluso was 10-1 with a 2.90 ERA this year. He capped off his career as a four-year starter with a victory over USC Beaufort May 28 in an elimination game of the NAIA World Series.

To be eligible for the Capital One (R) Academic All-American Baseball Teams, players must have at least a 3.30 GPA, be a starter or important reserve, be nominated by their school and then make it one to the Capital One (R) Academic All-District First Team. All-District First Team selections advance to the national ballot where they are once again voted upon by CoSIDA members.

The Capital One (R) Academic All-American first, second and third teams each include two starting pitchers. By being chosen for the second team, Peluso is essentially in the top four of starting pitchers in the NAIA and Junior College baseball when academic and pitching performance are combined. The College Division is for NAIA and Junior College schools, although the teams are mostly made up of NAIA players.

The Capital One (R) Academic All-American teams have as their purpose to recognize the combined achievements in the classroom and on the field for student-athletes across the country. Only those who achieve highly in both areas get recognized nationally.

Peluso's senior senior also included being named the American Mideast Confererence Pitcher of the Year, All-AMC First Team and Point Park Team Co-MVP. He was a finalist for AMC Player of the Year, as well.

Peluso's statistics for 2012 included 14 games, 13 games started and three complete games. He struck out 74 and walked 23 in 77.2 innings. Opponents hit .254 off of him.

For his career, Peluso was 19-10 with a 4.41 ERA in 206.1 innings. A four-year starter, he ranks in the top five in school history in career wins. He struck out 159 and walked 84 in his career.