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May 6, 2011

Patterson, Magister earn Academic All-District

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Two Grove City College baseball players earned Capital One Academic All-District honors Friday from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Senior second baseman Andrew Patterson (Akron, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) earned First Team College Division recognition and senior catcher Marcus Magister (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) received Second Team honors.

Patterson earned First Team All-District for the second consecutive year. He is hitting .348 in 26 starts at second base this year for the Wolverines. He has knocked in 13 runs and is slugging .393 for the season.

As a junior in 2010, Patterson ranked second on the team in home runs (3), runs batted in (41), total bases (84) and hits (57). He helped lead Grove City to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Championship Tournament. Patterson earned Second Team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference in 2009.

Patterson has played second base, third base and shortstop throughout his career.

A team co-captain, Patterson has achieved a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in molecular biology. He has earned Dean's List distinction along with a spot on the conference's Academic Honor Roll. He has been inducted into Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa along with the Beta Beta Beta biology honorary.

Additionally, Patterson has received the College's Trustee and Presidential Scholarships and is a member of Grove City's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is also chaplain for Grove City's Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.

As a First Team selection, Patterson advances to the national Academic All-America ballot. The Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America team will be announced later this month.

Magister earned Second Team All-District for the second straight season. He leads Grove City with three home runs this season and is second on the squad with 19 runs batted in. Magister is hitting .353 and leads the team in total bases (54) and slugging percentage (.529).

This season, Magister became Grove City's career leader in home runs (26) and runs batted in (124). He is a three-year starter and 2011 team co-captain.

Magister earned All-America recognition following the 2009 season, when he hit .443 with a school-record 13 home runs. He twice earned First Team All-PAC honors and All-Mideast Region distinction from the American Baseball Coaches Association during his career. Magister also earned All-ECAC South in 2010.

Magister has achieved a 3.49 GPA as a molecular biology major. He is a Dean's List student and has been named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll. Magister also earned a federal grant for undergraduate research from the National Institute of Health for biomedical research. He has also been an organic chemistry teaching assistant and has been inducted into the American Chemical Society.

Grove City is 18-14 overall this year and 12-6 in the conference. The Wolverines have clinched a spot in next weekend's Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.

District II College Division includes all non-NCAA Division I colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve.

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