South Carolina junior catcher Grayson Greiner captured a spot on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the group released today.
A semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, Greiner leads the Gamecocks in seven categories, including with his eight homers, 50 RBI and a .515 slugging percentage. Those three marks all stand in the top five in the Southeastern Conference, while he also tops his team with 13 doubles, five sacrifice flies and a .403 on-base percentage. The 2014 SEC All-Defensive Team honoree at catcher, Greiner has started 52 games behind the plate, managing a pitching staff that ranks eighth in NCAA Division I in ERA (2.37), fifth in shutouts (12), sixth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.00) and ninth in WHIP (1.12).
Greiner continues a streak of a Gamecock making the Capital One Academic All-America teams to four years, following LB Dantzler’s Academic All-America Division I Baseball Player of the Year nod last season and Michael Roth’s two selections to the first team in 2011-12. The only other SEC student-athlete to make the listing this year is Kentucky’s Austin Cousino on the third team. Columbia Regional participants Maryland (Kyle Convissar, second team DH) and Campbell (Matt Parrish, third team DH) also garnered the accolade.
Tim Colwell of North Dakota State earned the individual honor this year, while both Liberty and Mercer had two players make the first team.
To be considered for the Capital One Academic All-America Team, a student-athlete must have a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and be at least a sophomore both athletically and academically in school. They must be in their second year on the nominating teams campus to be honored as well. Greiner, an accounting major, held a 3.47 GPA through the fall of 2013.
Capital One Academic All-America
As Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)
2014 Baseball Team – NCAA Division I
Academic All-America of the Year: Tim Colwell, North Dakota State
P – John Curtiss, Jr., Texas
P – Trey Lambert, Sr., Liberty
C – Russell Vaughan, Sr., Texas A&M-Corpus Christi IF – Alex Close, Jr., Liberty IF – Michael Massi, Sr., Mercer IF – Caleb Palensky, Sr., Nebraska Omaha IF – Kevin Swick, Sr., Southern California OF – Tim Colwell, Sr., North Dakota State OF – Jeff Keller, Sr., Dartmouth OF – Derrick Workman, Sr., Mercer DH – Derek Gibson, Sr., Southeast Missouri
P – Doug Ashby, Sr., Baylor
P – Gage Smith, Sr., Florida State
C – Grayson Greiner, Jr., South Carolina IF – Danny Diekroeger, Sr., Stanford IF – Connor Panas, Jr., Canisius IF – Scott Schaub, Sr., Jacksonville IF – Tyler Vaughn, Sr., Troy OF – Collin Forgey, Gr., Saint Joseph’s OF – Collin Slaybaugh, Sr., Washington State OF – Evan Stephens, Sr., Wake Forest DH – Kyle Convissar, Sr., Maryland
P – Rohn Pierce, Jr., Canisius
P – Ian Tompkins, Jr., Western Kentucky
C – Zach Fisher, Gr., Towson
IF – Jason Blum, Jr., Southeast Missouri IF – Sam Haggerty, So., New Mexico IF – Kevin Nutter, Sr., William & Mary IF – Taylor Sparks, Jr., UC Irvine OF – Austin Cousino, Jr., Kentucky OF – Patrick Riewer, Sr., North Dakota OF – DJ Stewart, So., Florida State DH – Matt Parrish, So., Campbell