May 30, 2006
ATLANTA–Georgia Tech senior outfielder Steven Blackwood has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America baseball team, announced Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The Biology major from Roswell, Ga., already a three-time Academic All-District selection, was named to the Academic All-America third team.
A four-year starter in the outfield, Blackwood is a two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer on the field with a career batting average of .331. He leads the Yellow Jackets into this week’s NCAA Atlanta Regional, helping Tech earn a national seed for the fourth straight year, the only school in the nation to do so.
He ranks in the top five in Georgia Tech history in career runs batted in (5th, 218), runs scored (5th, 217), doubles (4th, 59), at-bats (4th, 835) and games played (5th, 235), as well as ninth in career hits with 277. He is one of just two players in the Georgia Tech history with 200 career runs scored and 200 career runs batted in. The only other Tech player to accomplish this feat is current Boston Red Sox star Jason Varitek.
Blackwood has also received numerous accolades off the field, including the Atlantic Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarship, which he plans to use to attend medical school. Other honors include the ACC Scholar-Athlete Award, the ACC Top Six for Service Award and the Peach of an Athlete role model award.