Four Baseball Players Named Academic All-District

May 8, 2008

ATLANTA – Four members of the Georgia Tech baseball team have been named to CoSIDA Academic All-District III teams, led by outfielder Charlie Blackmon, a first-team honoree for the first time in his career.

Third baseman Brad Feltes, catcher Jason Haniger and pitcher Zach Von Tersch were all named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District third team.

Blackmon, a redshirt junior from Suwanee, Ga., maintains a 3.71 GPA as a management major and is currently leading Georgia Tech in batting average (.372), hits (71), runs (55) and on-base percentage (.448). He is the Yellow Jackets’ starting right fielder and leadoff hitter and is one of just two players on the roster to have started every game this season.

With his first-team nod, Blackmon is now eligible for Academic All-America honors. Voting begins in mid-May, and the CoSIDA Academic All-America teams will be announced Tuesday, May 27.

Feltes, a native of Alpharetta, Ga., is a senior management major with a 3.30 cumulative GPA. He is having the best season of his career, with career highs in home runs (13), RBI (52), doubles (5), hits (38) and stolen bases. Four of his 13 home runs have been grand slams. Feltes has played in 41 of the Yellow Jackets’ 48 games in 2008, making 39 starts.

Haniger, in his first year as Tech’s primary receiver behind the plate, is batting .315 with eight home runs and 24 RBI, all career highs for the Santa Clara, Calif., native. The junior management major maintains a 3.43 GPA and serves as the baseball representative on Georgia Tech’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board. Recipient of the prestigious Bobby Dodd Scholarship, Haniger has started 31 games behind the plate and has played in 40 of Tech’s 48 in 2008.

Cedar Falls, Iowa, native Von Tersch holds in impressive 3.71 GPA as a management major in his second year on the Flats. The sophomore has been a part of the Yellow Jackets’ weekend starting rotation the entire year, and leads the team with a 3.39 ERA through 61 innings of work. He is tied for second on the squad with six wins in 2008, while opponents are hitting just .255 against him.

Overall, 21 members of the Georgia Tech baseball team were named to the dean’s list following the spring semester.

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