#ORUBase Pair Lands on Academic All-Summit League Team

#ORUBase Pair Lands on Academic All-Summit League Team

ELMHURST, Ill.Sam Grellner and Matt Whatley representing Oral Roberts baseball were named to the 2017 Academic All-Summit League Team as announced by the league office Wednesday. A total of 11 student-athletes were named to the team and honored for their academic and athletic performances this season.

 

Grellner, a senior from Okarche, Oklahoma, stepped into a starting role in the outfield for the Golden Eagles and was one of the region's most dangerous hitters from the bottom of the lineup. He posted a .284 batting average with eight home runs, 12 doubles and two triples to earn All-Summit League Second Team accolades.

 

Whatley excelled in the classroom as well as behind the plate at ORU putting together his best power numbers in a season. The junior from Claremore, Oklahoma, tallied 11 home runs and 11 doubles for 49 RBI, while drawing a conference-best 50 walks, ranking 11th in the nation on his way to his third All-Summit League honor.

 

The academic award is the second for Whatley after landing a spot on the team last season and the first for Grellner.

 

To be eligible for the Academic All-League team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of their team's competitions, except pitchers in baseball and softball who must have participated in 20 percent of their team's total contests.  The baseball all-league team is made up of the nine student-athletes receiving the most votes with all ties standing.

 

2017 BASEBALL ACADEMIC ALL-LEAGUE TEAM

Name

School

Yr.

Pos.

GPA

Major(s)

Kevin Folman

North Dakota State

R-Jr.

SP

3.68

Math Education

Sam Grellner

Oral Roberts

Sr.

OF

3.63

Business Administration

Chris Halbur

South Dakota State

Sr.

RP

3.43

Agribusiness

Philip Jacobson

South Dakota State

Jr.

OF

3.91

Pharmacy

Newt Johnson

South Dakota State

Jr.

3B

3.72

Exercise Science

Adam McGinnis

Western Illinois

Sr.

C

3.44

Business Management

Sam Palensky

Omaha

Sr.

IF

3.76

General Studies

Ben Petersen

North Dakota State

Sr.

OF

3.35

Business Management

Anthony Schneider ^

South Dakota State

Jr.

DH

3.94

Biology/Pre-Medicine

Roman Visintine ^

Western Illinois

Jr.

OF

3.63

Exercise Science

Matt Whatley ^

Oral Roberts

Jr.

C

3.72

Sport Management

^ - Academic All-League selection in 2016

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