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May 24, 2011

Patterson earns CoSIDA Academic All-America

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College senior second baseman Andrew Patterson (Akron, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) earned First Team College Division Academic All-America honors from Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Tuesday morning.

Patterson is the third Grove City baseball player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, joining Steve Shilling (1993) and Mike Ritter (2006).

Patterson co-captained the 2011 Grove City baseball squad, which capped its historic season Sunday by winning the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Championship Tournament. The Wolverines (25-16 overall) captured the Presidents' Athletic Conference's regular season title with a 15-6 league mark.

A three-year starter in the infield, Patterson started 26 games this year before being sidelined by injury. He hit .348 and drove in 13 runs.

As a junior, 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 2010 ECAC Tournament. Patterson earned Second Team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference in 2009.

Patterson played second base, third base and shortstop throughout his career. He twice earned First Team Academic All-District recognition.

Patterson achieved a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in molecular biology. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree May 15.

He earned Dean's List distinction and a spot on the conference's Academic Honor Roll. Patterson also earned induction into Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa, along with the Beta Beta Beta biology honorary.

Additionally, Patterson received the College's Trustee and Presidential Scholarships and served on Grove City's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He also held the role of chaplain for Grove City's Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.

Patterson is Grove City's 33rd all-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. He is the College's 16th Academic All-American since 2002. Those 16 Academic All-Americans have combined for 21 total Academic All-America honors.

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