Six B-W Ballplayers Were Named to the 2008 Academic All-OAC Baseball Team

Baldwin-Wallace College had more baseball players named to the Academic All–Ohio Athletic Conference team last spring than any other school in the conference.

The Academic All-OAC team recognizes the league’s top scholar-athletes. Its roster is made up of outstanding starters and key reserves who have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average. Roster spots are awarded by a committee of faculty representatives from each of the ten conference schools.

The faculty reps honored five Yellow Jackets with first team selections: Second baseman Nate Luken, a senior criminal justice major who graduated with a 3.86 GPA and went on to law school at Ohio State University to pursue a career as a criminal prosecutor; shortstop Nick Radca, a senior exercise science major who finished school with a 3.52 GPA and recently took a job helping the Lake Erie Crushers Frontier League baseball team with their strength and conditioning program; junior pitcher Brandon Fredericks, who entered his senior year with a 3.90 GPA in business administration; junior right fielder Mike Brisky, who completed his first year of work on a master’s degree in business administration with a 3.72 GPA; and junior center fielder Cody Kidd, a pre-med and biology major who carried a 3.79 GPA at the end of last season.

Junior pitcher Jim Jaskowak, a business administration and accounting major with a 3.57 GPA, was selected for honorable mention.

Luken, Brisky and Kidd were all repeat honorees from the 2007 Academic All-OAC team.

The Jackets’ five first team selections were the most for any baseball team in school history. The 2003 and 2006 teams held the previous record with four first-teamers each. The 2006 club still holds the record for overall picks with seven.

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