McGee’s Crossroads Native Has .359 Batting Average
Buies Creek – For the second time, Campbell junior designated hitter Matt Parrish has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 baseball team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Parrish was also named CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 in 2014 before taking Capital One third team Academic All-America® honors.
The junior is the fourth Camel to earn multiple CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades following Kent Cox (1994, ‘95, ‘96), William McLean (1997, ‘98) and Josh Holskey (2010, ’11, ‘12).
Parrish leads CU with a .359 average in Big South games, posting a .330 overall batting average, ranking second on the team. He has posted four three-hit and 11 multi-hit games, owning at least one hit in 11 of his 14 Big South games started.
The McGee’s Crossroads native tallied three-hit games against High Point, Radford, Presbyterian and Charleston Southern, and knocked in three in Campbell’s 5-3 win over No. 9 California.
Last season, Parrish was named to the Big South All-Academic Team, Big South Presidential Honor Roll and NCCSIA First Team All-State at designated hitter while leading the team in batting at .324.
Parrish’s selection marks the 13th time since 1995 a Campbell baseball player has earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 honors. At least one Campbell student-athlete has achieved academic all-district status in each of the last 21 years.
It is the sixth-straight year a Campbell designated hitter has made the list, following Josh Holskey (2010, 2011, 2012) and David Olson (2013). Both Holskey and Olson would be named CoSIDA Academic All-America as seniors in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month and in early June.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA 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 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Campbell (29-22, 10-11 Big South) will close out the regular season at home May 14-16, hosting Big South rival Coastal Carolina. Action begins Thursday at 6 p.m. Saturday’s finale will be televised on the American Sports Network at 4:30 p.m.