(Source: UT Sports Information)
Toledo senior OF Ben Hammer has earned a spot on the second team of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Hammer becomes the third member of the Rocket baseball program to garner Academic All-America status, joining 2007 second-team honoree INF Scott Boley and 1988 third-team selection RHP David Krol.
A Wayne, OH native with a 3.90 GPA in exercise science, Hammer batted .333 (65-for-195) with 28 runs scored, 12 doubles, a squad-best four home runs and a team-high 48 RBI this spring. The 2013 first-team All-MAC recipient reached base in 44 of 52 contests, tied for the third-highest total on the squad. He led the Midnight Blue & Gold in total bases (91), round trippers, RBI, multi-RBI games (14), sacrifice flies (6) and walks (22), as well as ranking second in two-base hits and slugging percentage (.467), tied for second in batting average, third in hits, on-base percentage (.396), multi-hit contests (21) and thefts (6) and fourth in runs scored.
Hammer recently wrapped up his Toledo career eighth in school history in career hits (215), tied for eighth in doubles (39) and tied for ninth in RBI (126).
In the classroom, the three-time Academic All-District selection was recently honored with the 2013 MAC President's Award, given annually to UT seniors who graduate with cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Hammer has also been a member of UT's Dean's List the last nine semesters, including perfect 4.0 GPA in eight grade periods.
Since 1952, CoSIDA has honored more than 20,000 outstanding student-athletes with this prestigious award, which became known as the Capital One Academic All-America® in 2011. The program used to select teams from just two divisions -- the University Division, comprised of Division I schools; and the College Division, which included Division II, Division III, NAIA schools, and 2-year colleges. To better honor the diversity of collegiate talent, however, the program was expanded in 2011 to include four divisions: Division I, Division II, Division III, and the College division that includes NAIA, two-year colleges, and Canadian schools.
Each year, the Capital One Academic All-America® program selects 816 distinguished student-athletes to become part of an honorary team in their respective sports -- men's football, basketball, baseball, soccer, track & field/cross-country; women's basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball, track & field/cross-country; and men's and women's at-large teams that include all other NCAA championship sports.