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Ritzheimer and Isaak Earn Capital One Academic All-America Baseball Honors | Murray State

2012 Capital One Academic All-America Baseball Team

A pair of Murray State baseball players earned national academic honors Friday as junior outfielder Paul Ritzheimer was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Baseball First Team, while senior Travis Isaak was selected to the Second Team.  The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Ritzheimer becomes the first baseball player to earn First-Team Academic All-America honors, and just the fourth to be honored by this program.  Isaak joins Wes Cunningham (2010) as second-team honorees, while Carrell Boyd was a third-team selection in 1983.  The four Academic All-America selections for baseball are the most for any sport at MSU.

Ritzheimer (Trenton, Ill.) has a 4.00 GPA in geoscience and was the 2011 recipient of the Ohio Valley Conference Student-Athlete of the Year, the highest academic honor awarded by the league.  After moving to center field this season, Ritzheimer started 54 games, hitting .299 with 60 hits, 16 doubles, one triple, one home run and 21 RBIs.  He also ranked third on the team in walks (28), while tieing for second with 11 hit by pitches.  Ritzheimer was named to the Primetime Performers National Honor Roll after going 7-for-12 (.583) with four doubles, four runs scored and five RBIs as the Breds took two of three games against Southern Miss.  He collected a pair of doubles and two RBIs in the series opener and finale.

Isaak (Carlyle, Ill.) possesses a 3.96 GPA in integrated studies.  On the field, Isaak hit a team-best .311 with 20 doubles, one triple, six home runs, 40 RBIs and 99 total bases.  He led the OVC in doubles, despite missing 10 games with an injury.  Isaak posted a three-double game against Tennessee Tech on his way to becoming the first player in Division I to reach 20 doubles.


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