May 31, 2006
Lipscomb University first baseman Ryan Mitchell became the first athlete from the department in the NCAA era to earn a spot on the first team for the ESPN The Magazine 2006 Academic All-America Teams selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Mitchell, from Andalusia, Ala., was named to the District IV All-Academic First Team, making him eligible for the national honor.
Mitchell graduated with a 4.0 in Biology with a minor in chemistry.
He led the Bisons in hitting with a .341 average. He was second on the team in home runs with seven, doubles with 13 and slugging percentage (.517). He also had a .988 fielding percentage. He was selected as the Bisons offensive MVP for 2006.
Mitchell was named to the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team and was a President's List scholar at Lipscomb.