For the second-straight season, Campbell University’s Matt Parrish has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The junior, a former Sam Narron Award winner who played at West Johnston High School, made the jump to second team Academic All-America at designated hitter after collecting third team honors last season.
Parrish, a junior from McGee’s Crossroads, was named to the All-Big South second team after hitting .324 in conference play and .301 overall with a home run and 18 RBI this season. He is a two-time Big South All-Academic team honoree.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Parrish’s selection to the Academic All-America team marks a fourth-straight year that a Camel has made the list following Josh Holskey (2012, third team) and David Olson (2013, second team). He is the second Campbell baseball player to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America twice following Mike Priest (2005, 2006).
Parrish is one of seven Camels in the baseball program’s history to be named CoSIDA Academic All-American since 1988, including David Olson (second team) in 2013, Josh Holskey (third team) in 2012, and Priest (2005-2nd, 2006-1st team). Kent Cox (1995), William McLean (1998) and Kenny Milton (1988) have also earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in a Campbell uniform.
Campbell finished the season 32-25 overall, securing its fourth-straight 30-win campaign, the first under head coach Justin Haire. CU has won 163 games over the last four seasons.
Junior Cole Hallum was named the Big South Player of the Year, and four Camels were also named Second Team All-Big South, including Parrish, Heath Bowers (starting pitcher), Cedric Mullins (outfield) and Steven Leonard (catcher).