MACON, Ga. – Three Belmont student-athletes were named to the inaugural Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball All-Academic Team, as announced by the league on Tuesday. Senior captain Matt Hamann (Northbrook, Ill.), junior Chase Brookshire (Chattanooga, Tenn.), and junior Judah Akers (Cookeville, Tenn.) earned the accolades for the their performances on and off the field in 2012.
There were 13 players honored overall, as well as a Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, which went to Jacksonville's Dan Gulbransen. Belmont's three selections trailed only Stetson, who placed four on the All-Academic Team. In order to be eligible for the honors, a student-athlete had to have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or above, have been on campus for more than a year, and play in more than half his team's contests.
Hamann, who is currently pursuing a Master of Sport Administration degree at Belmont, has been a leader on and off the field the Bruins this season. The starting pitcher leads BU with five complete games, including a four-hit complete game shutout of Lipscomb this past weekend.
Brookshire, a junior business administration major, adds All-Academic Team honors to his First Team All-Atlantic Sun accolades. The left-hander was third in the league with a 2.22 ERA and .217 opponent batting average, while striking out 69 batters and walking only 20.
Akers is studying music business at Belmont with aspirations of a music career following graduation. He has had his best season to date on the diamond, recording a .322 average, 16 doubles, and 30 RBI for the Bruins this season.
Belmont will now look towards this season's team goal of winning a second straight conference championship. The Bruins play the host Stetson Hatters at 6:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday.