MACON, Ga. – A trio of Lipscomb baseball players were honored Monday afternoon for their work on the diamond and in the classroom when the Atlantic Sun announced its 13-member Academic All-Conference team.
Senior Ian Martinez-McGraw, one of five unanimous selections, took the top honor by being named the A-Sun’s Scholar Athlete of the Year after graduating Cum Laude with a 3.68 GPA while majoring in psychology.
The hurler carries a 7-3 mark on the mound in 86.2 innings pitched, while finishing second in the A-Sun with 14 starts. He allowed only 23 runs this season and finished in the top-five in the conference with a 2.39 ERA. The knuckleballer struck out 53 batters, including a career-high seven against Quinnipiac.
His .727 career win-loss percentage is tied for the second best among active A-Sun pitchers.
Joining Martinez-McGraw as a unanimous selection is redshirt junior Adam Lee. The second-year first baseman boasted a 3.65 GPA in the classroom while also majoring in psychology.
Lee had a breakout season for the Purple and Gold, hitting .304 at the dish with 18 extra-base hits, including a career high eight home runs.
His 46 runs scored and 22 walks are the second most on the squad. The Franklin native swiped nine stolen bases in 10 attempts.
Lee led the league with 518 putouts while on his way to recording a .991 fielding percentage.
The third Bison to be honored is relief pitcher Jason Ziegler. In his senior season the southpaw posted a 3.71 GPA as a corporate marketing major.
On the mound he appeared in 18 games, the third most on the squad, posting a 0-3 record. He struck out 26 batters in 24.2 innings pitched and currently boasts a 5.84 ERA.
The Mahomet, Illinois recorded a team high five saves on the year. He currently sits third all-time in Lipscomb’s NCAA era with 10 saves in just two seasons.
The Academic All-Conference Team recognizes student-athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom and exemplify the A-Sun's mission of Building Winners for Life. All the members of the team boast a 3.30 cumulative grade point average or better and participated in at least half of their team's games.