Three baseball student-athletes from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) were recently named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Baseball Team selected by CoSIDA, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot, with first and second team Academic All-America honorees to be announced in June. The Google Cloud Academic All-America program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools and other affiliations.
Representing the SCIAC are senior infielder Brendan Gardiner of Redlands, senior infielder Jared Love of Chapman, and junior designated hitter, CJ Novogradac of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS). The trio is named to the District 8 team - a region that is comprised of just 11 players selected from all schools throughout the west.
Gardiner, the 2018 SCIAC Athlete of the Year and a First Team All-SCIAC selection, is a political science major at Redlands and has a cumultaive GPA of 3.73. Gardiner hit. .418 for the Bulldogs during the 2018 season with 69 hits, 17 doubles, four triples, four homers, and 45 RBI, helping Redlands secure the second seed in the conference tournament and advance to the championship game.
Love completed a terrific senior season, helping Chapman clinch the third seed in the SCIAC Tournament and eventually winning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship with a pair of wins over Redlands. Love has hit .324 with 36 hits, seven doubles, five homers, and 33 runs driven in to date this season. A physics and mathematics major for the Panthers, Love has also registered a 3.85 cumulative GPA.
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, he drove home 30 runs while scoring 27 of his own during the 2018 season. An economics and finance major, Novogradac logged a cumulative 3.92 GPA.