June 1, 2012

Josh Holskey named Academic All-American by CoSIDA

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell University senior Josh Holskey has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball third team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A senior designated hitter from Roanoke, Va., Holskey graduated last month with a 3.92 grade-point average as a kinesiology major.  He was named to the Academic All-District 3 first-team (which includes all Division I members in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida) in each of his final three seasons.  Holskey's selection marked the 17th time since 1988 that a Campbell student-athlete has received top academic honors from the nation's collegiate publicists.

In his senior campaign, Holskey was limited to only 18 games (15 starts) due to a wrist injury.  He batted .286 with five doubles, one home run and nine RBI, while compiling a .449 slugging percentage.

Holskey's clutch hitting helped Campbell get off to the best start (23-3) in school history and record a school-record 18-game win streak. Campbell set school records for most overall (41-18), home (29-7) and Big South (15-9) wins during its historic campaign.  He was also named to the 2012 Big South Conference All-Academic team.

He was one of three Big South Conference players to earn a spot on the three Academic All-America teams.  Coastal Carolina catcher Tucker Frawley was a first-team member, while Gardner-Webb infielder Dusty Quattlebaum joined Holskey on the third team.  James Ramsey of Florida State was named CoSIDA Baseball Academic All-American of the Year.

A three-time Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team member, Holskey earned Campbell's Easley Senior GPA Award as the graduating student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average. He was salutatorian of the 2008 Lord Botetourt High School graduating class.

Holskey is the fifth Campbell baseball player to earn Academic All-America® recognition from CoSIDA, joining Kent Cox (1995), William McLean (1998), Kenny Milton (1988) and Mike Priest (2005 2nd team and 2006).

"Josh has been a great example of what we want our student-athletes in our baseball program to be in the classroom and on the field. This is a great honor and I'm very proud of his efforts the past four years," said head coach Greg Goff.

Over his four-year career, Holskey played in 144 games with 112 starts.  He batted .355 with 32 doubles, 15 home runs, 87 runs scored and 110 RBI.  He hit career highs in doubles (14) and RBI (42) and matched his career-best total in homers (6) as a junior in 2011.  He hit a grand slam home run in his first collegiate game, a win over North Carolina A&T in 2009.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

Capital One Academic All-America® University Division Baseball Teams

First Team
Pos. / Name / School / Yr. / Hometown / GPA / Major
P / Michael Roth / South Carolina / Sr. / Greer, S.C. / 3.83 / International Business & Marketing
P / Ross Stripling / Texas A&M / Sr. / Southlake, Texas / 3.61 / Finance
C / Tucker Frawley / Coastal Carolina / Sr. / Lexington, S.C. / 3.91 / Physics
IF / Jake Hibberd / Wright State / Sr. / Miamisburg, Ohio / 3.58 / Mass communication
IF / Drew Pettit / Canisius / Gr. / Fonthill, Ontario / 4.00 / Economics (UG), MBA (G)
IF / Zach Price / Army / Sr. / Cantonment, Fla. / 3.73 / Systems engineering
IF / Zach Wentz / North Dakota State / Sr. / Bismarck, N.D. / 3.95 / Health / physical education
OF / Tim Colwell / North Dakota State / So. / Shoreview, Minn. / 4.00 / University studies
OF / Dan Gulbransen / Jacksonville / Jr. / Appleton, Wisc. / 4.00 / Exercise science
OF / James Ramsey / Florida State / Sr. / Alpharetta, Ga. / 3.84 / Finance
OF / Paul Ritzheimer / Murray State / Jr. / Trenton, Ill. / 4.00 / Geoscience
DH / Phil Pohl / Clemson / Sr. / Cooperstown, N.Y. / 3.67 / Management

Second Team
P / Tyler Johnson / Stony Brook / Sr. / Chatsworth, Calif. / 3.71 / History
P / Chris Stratton / Mississippi State / Jr. / Tupelo, Miss. / 3.81 / Kinesiology
C / Jeremy Schaffer / Tulane / Sr. / Bellaire, Texas / 3.31 / Finance
IF / Shane Basen / Charlotte / Jr. / Waxhaw, N.C. / 3.96 / Accounting
IF / Kenny Diekroeger / Stanford / Jr. / Woodside, Calif. / 3.59 / Management Science & Engineering
IF / Drew Dosch / Youngstown State / So. / Canal Winchester, Ohio / 4.00 / Social Studies Education
IF / Travis Isaak / Murray State / Sr. / Carlyle, Ill. / 3.96 / Integrated Studies
OF / Troy Larson / Minnesota / Jr. / Maplewood, Minn. / 3.94 / Genetics, Cell Biology
OF / Brandon Thomas / Georgia Tech / Jr. / Atlanta, Ga. / 3.66 / Management
DH / Anthony DeFabio / Pittsburgh / Sr. / Plum, Pa. / 3.68 / Finance

Third Team
P / Kolt Browder / Baylor / Sr. / Coldspring, Texas / 4.00 / Engineering
P / Chase Byerly / Butler / Jr. / Warsaw, Ind. / 3.98 / Finance
C / Josh Elander / Texas Christian / Jr. / Round Rock, Texas / 3.42 / Communications
IF / Zach Fisher / Towson / Jr. / Perry Hall, Md. / 3.93 / Economics
IF / Reed Harper / Austin Peay  / Jr. / Clarksville, Tenn. / 3.55 / Chemistry
IF / Simon Kudernatsch / Hartford / Sr. / Czech Republic / 3.72 / Biomedical Engineering
IF / Dusty Quattlebaum / Gardner-Webb / Sr. / Boiling Springs, N.C. / 3.83 / Sports Management
OF / Brandon Boudreaux / Tulane / Jr. / Mandeville, La. / 3.66 / Management
OF / Billy Burgess / Utah Valley / Sr. / Alpine, Utah / 3.85 / Exercise Science
OF / Trevor Kirk / UNLV / Sr. / Las Vegas, Nev. / 3.55 / Kinesiological Studies
DH / Josh Holskey / Campbell / Sr. / Roanoke, Va. / 3.92 / Kinesiology