Baseball Duo Earns Academic All-American Honors

KruegerEC1TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology seniors Neil Krueger (Beach Park, Ill./Zion Benton) and B.J. Zobrist (Eureka, Ill.) have earned Capital One Academic All-American honors, in results released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Krueger captured third-team College Division honors at the designated hitter position, while Zobrist was named to the third-team squad as an infielder.  Only three designated hitters and 12 infielders are named College Division Academic All-Americans out of more than 800 schools in the NCAA Division II, III, NAIA and junior college ranks.

ZobristDC2Krueger and Zobrist become the 89th and 90th Academic All-Americans in Rose-Hulman athletics history.  They also earned the 16th and 17th Academic All-American awards in the history of Rose-Hulman baseball.  

Their effort also marks the 26th consecutive year that at least one Rose-Hulman student-athlete has earned Academic All-American honors, the sixth longest streak among all NCAA Division I, II or III institutions.

Krueger batted .315 with 17 hits, three doubles and one home run as the team's platoon designated hitter this season.  He recorded four multiple-hit games and had a season-long six-game hitting streak in his 24 total appearances.

In the classroom, Krueger compiled a 3.96 grade point average as an engineering physics major.  He will enter the Doctorate program in material science engineering at the University of Illinois upon graduation from Rose-Hulman this weekend. 

Krueger is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honorary fraternity and the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honorary fraternity, and was the John Logan Award winner as the four-year student-athlete with the highest grade point average at Rose-Hulman in 2011.

Zobrist batted .296 and started 40 games as the team's primary second baseman this season.  His efforts included 40 hits, five doubles, 32 runs scored and a team-high 11 sacrifice hits.  He recorded 12 multiple-hit games, including one contest with four hits, and also had a six-game hitting streak this spring.

In the classroom, Zobrist compiled a 3.86 grade point average in civil engineering.  He is also the third cousin of MLB All-Star Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays. 

Zobrist will attend the University of Illinois next year in the structural engineering master's program.  He served as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and was a Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Homework Hotline student team member at Rose-Hulman.

Krueger and Zobrist were part of a Rose-Hulman squad that finished 27-16 this season and earned its fourth straight trip to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.  The Fightin' Engineers reached the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and the two seniors were part of the winningest senior class in school history with a 121-59 record during their era.