AUSTIN, Texas - Jake Loew '17 has earned Academic All-America honors in selections announced Wednesday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Loew is the 18th Shenandoah University student-athlete, and fifth baseball player, to be named Academic All-America. The school has had at least one student-athlete named Academic All-America in each of the past 11 years.
Loew, who graduated from the Byrd School of Business earlier this month with a 3.40 GPA, extends that streak by being named third team Academic All-America.
He is also the third student-athlete, after fellow baseball players Kevin Brashears '11 and Greg Van Sickler '11, to be named both an Academic All-America and an on-field All-America in the same year. Loew was named as first team All-America by the ABCA and a third teamer by D3baseball.com last week.
To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a starter or important reserve on their team. Nominees are voted on in one of eight national districts by CoSIDA members with first team All-District honorees moving on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
On the field, Loew is a two-time All-America selection for the Hornets after leading the squad in extra base hits, home runs and RBI in both 2016 and 2017.
The captain of the 2017 team, Loew hit .365 this year with 70 hits in 190 at-bats. He also had an ODAC leading 10 home runs and 59 RBI.
Off the field, he was a two-time Academic All-District pick and an Academic All-State selection. At graduation, he was one of two students honored with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for 'service above self'.