ELMHURST, Ill. -- With the conclusion of the 2016 Summit League Baseball Championship, the league has announced its Academic All-League Team as voted on by the institution's faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors. A total of 10 student-athletes were named to the team and honored for their academic and athletic performances this season.
Sophomore Matt Whatley claimed a spot on the team with a 3.72 GPA as an exploratory major. A first team all-league honoree, the Claremore, Oklahoma product led the Golden Eagles with 39 walks and a .468 on-base percentage. He also added 10 doubles, three triples and eight home runs.
Omaha and South Dakota State led the league, each placing three student-athletes to the team. Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Oral Roberts and Western Illinois each placed one member on the academic all-league team.
To be eligible for the Academic All-League team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of their team's competitions, except pitchers in baseball and softball who must have participated in 20 percent of their team's total contests. The baseball all-league team is made up of the nine student-athletes receiving the most votes with all ties standing.
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