Three Big South Baseball Players Named Academic All-Americans
For the first time in Big South history, three baseball players have been named Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in the same season. The 2012 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Baseball team includes Coastal Carolina catcher Tucker Frawley (1st Team), Gardner-Webb first baseman Dusty Quattlebaum (3rd Team) and Campbell designated hitter Josh Holskey (3rd Team).
Frawley, the 2012 Big South Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, graduated summa cum laude with a career grade point average of 3.94, earning perfect GPAs of 4.0 for seven semesters as a physics major. He qualified for the Academic All-America squad after being voted to the first team Capital One Academic All-Region 4 earlier this spring.
The Lexington, S.C., native joins former teammate Austin Fleet (2010) as the only Chanticleers to make the prestigious Academic All-America squad.
In addition to his outstanding work in the classroom, Frawley is one of 12 finalists for the Johnny Bench Award for his outstanding effort on the field. After batting .234 last season, Frawley is fourth on the team in 2012 with a .297 batting average, hitting eight doubles and a home run with 24 runs scored and 27 RBI. The First-Team All-Big South Conference selection has also driven in seven game-winning runs.
Frawley has been Coastal's Iron Man behind the plate, catching 476 of 534 innings (89.0 percent) despite only receiving one full game off. Additionally, he has directed the Chants' young pitching staff (five freshmen, one sophomore, two junior college transfers and three juniors) to a 2.53 ERA, which ranks second in the NCAA.
Frawley has also helped the pitching staff control the opponents' running game. He has thrown out 25 of 45 (55.6 percent) base runners this season, including three of five during last week's Big South Tournament. Dating back to last season (at Clemson April 5), Frawley has gunned down 36 of his last 65 base runners (55.4 percent). In addition, he has picked off seven base runners this season -- five at first, one at second and one at third.
Quattlebaum forged a 3.83 cumulative GPA in sports management during his three academic years at Gardner-Webb after transferring from N.C. State. The honor marks the second year in a row Quattlebaum has earned Academic All-America honors. He was a First-Team selection in 2011, and is the first GWU baseball player to earn Academic All-America honors twice.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound slugger enjoyed a strong senior season at the plate again for the Runnin' Bulldogs, batting .302 with 12 doubles, a team-high 48 RBI and a career-high 10 home runs.
Quattlebaum's efforts helped Gardner-Webb post a 32-28 overall record -- the team's second 30-win season in as many years -- and a spot in the Big South Tournament semifinals. Quattlebaum belted three home runs and drove in six runs in four games for the 'Dogs in the tournament, earning All-Tournament honors for his power surge. He slugged .813 for the event, which included a pair of home runs in an 11-0 win over Radford in an elimination game.
As a junior, Quattlebaum batted .320 with six home runs, 25 doubles and a career-high 49 RBI. He ranked among the nation's leaders in doubles per game and earned Big South Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. He helped Gardner-Webb advance to the 2011 Big South Conference Tournament Championship game in Lexington, Va.
Quattlebaum is also a two-time member of the Big South Conference baseball All-Academic Team.
For his two-year career in Boiling Springs, Quattlebaum batted .311 with 72 runs scored, 138 hits, 37 doubles, 16 home runs and 97 RBI. His doubles total ranks 10th in school history for a career.
Holskey graduated last month with a 3.92 grade-point average as a kinesiology major. He was named to the Academic All-District 3 first-team (which includes all Division I members in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida) in each of his final three seasons. Holskey's selection marked the 17th time since 1988 that a Campbell student-athlete has received top academic honors from the nation's collegiate publicists.
In his senior campaign, Holskey was limited to just 18 games (15 starts) due to a wrist injury. He batted .286 with five doubles, one home run and nine RBI, while compiling a .449 slugging percentage.
Holskey's clutch hitting helped Campbell get off to the best start (23-3) in school history and record a school-record 18-game win streak. Campbell set school records for most overall (41-18), home (29-7) and Big South (15-9) wins during its historic campaign. He was also named to the 2012 Big South Conference All-Academic team.
A three-time Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team member, Holskey earned Campbell's Easley Senior GPA Award as the graduating student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average. He was salutatorian of the 2008 Lord Botetourt High School graduating class.
Holskey is the fifth Campbell baseball player to earn Academic All-America® recognition from CoSIDA, joining Kent Cox (1995), William McLean (1998), Kenny Milton (1988) and Mike Priest (2005 2nd team and 2006).
Over his four-year career, Holskey played in 144 games with 112 starts. He batted .355 with 32 doubles, 15 home runs, 87 runs scored and 110 RBI. He hit career highs in doubles (14) and RBI (42) and matched his career-best total in homers (6) as a junior in 2011. He hit a grand slam home run in his first collegiate game, a win over North Carolina A&T in 2009.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.