TERRE 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.
Krueger 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
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
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
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
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.