CJ Novogradac of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) and Jared Love of Chapman were recently named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III Baseball team presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The honors come less than a month after Novogradac and Love were named First Team Academic All-District for their combined athletic and academic performances. For his efforts, Novogradac was named a First Team Academic All-American, while Love earned third team All-American praise.
The Division III Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division III Academic All-America® teams.
In the classroom, Novogradac boasts an impressive 3.92 grade point average (GPA) as a Economics & Finance major at Claremont McKenna. On the field, Novogradac broke out during his junior season and was a mainstay in the Stags' line-up all year long. Slotting in the middle of the order for CMS, Novogradac appeared in 39 games and led the Stags with a .346 batting average and .462 on base percentage. He was second on the team with a .529 slugging percentage, finishing the year with nine doubles, two triples, and four home runs. As the primary designated hitter, the righty drove home 30 runs while scoring 27 of his own during the 2018 campaign.
Love, the Panthers' starting first baseman, missed the first month of the season but was immediately inserted back into the middle of the lineup upon his return from injury. Chapman won 12 of its next 13 games after his return from injury, including a 10-game win streak over the last half of March. With Love in the starting lineup, the Panthers went 22-5 to finish the regular season and win the SCIAC Postseason Tournament title.
The Brea, Calif. native has been a leader at the plate, in the field and in the classroom for the Panthers. He is a career .333 hitter and all-time leader at Chapman with 22 home runs, posted a .994 career fielding percentage and owned a 3.85 GPA while finishing two degrees in physics and mathematics.