May 6, 2010
Patterson, Magister earn CoSIDA honor
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College junior baseball players Andrew Patterson (Akron, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) and Marcus Magister (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) both earned ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-District honors Thursday from the region's sports information directors.
Patterson earned First Team honors in the infield while Magister is a Second Team selection at catcher. It is the second career Academic All-District citation for each player. Both Patterson and Magister earned Second Team All-District in 2009.
Patterson has started at both shortstop and third base for Grove City this season and leads the team with 34 runs batted in. He is tied for second on the squad in hits (47), extra-base hits (12), total bases (68) and home runs (3) this year. Patterson is hitting .370 and leads the team with 127 at-bats.
He earned Second Team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference in 2009 after hitting .378 as the Wolverines' starting second baseman.
In the classroom, Patterson has earned 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. 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 CoSIDA Academic All-America team will be announced in May.
Magister currently leads Grove City with six home runs and 35 runs scored this season. He is hitting .416 this year while slugging a team-best 708. Magister also ranks first on the team with 13 doubles and 80 total bases.
Magister earned D3Baseball.com All-America recognition following the 2009 season, when he hit .443 with a school-record 13 home runs. He also earned First Team All-PAC honors and All-Mideast Region distinction from the American Baseball Coaches Association. Magister ranks second all-time at Grove City with 22 career home runs.
Magister owns a 3.47 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. This research will be conducted at a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center research lab in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh.
Thirteen Grove City student-athletes have earned Academic All-District honors during the 2009-10 academic year. Last year, 19 Grove City student-athletes achieved CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition.
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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