Haley, Maoz Named To CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Squad
TOWSON, Md. – Seniors Josh Haley and Eitan Maoz continued to add to their collegiate resumes on Saturday afternoon as both were among 16 student-athletes named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District III Baseball Team, the organization announced.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable). In baseball and softball, pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched. Athletes who have not participated in at least 50 percent of their team's contests are not eligible.
The honors marked the second-straight season that UNCP has been represented on the squad, but the first time since 2006 (Tripp Lockhart, Barrett Otto) that the Braves have sent multiple representatives to the listing. Keith Whitman (2011) is the only other UNCP baseball player to be decorated with CoSIDA academic all-district honors.
Haley, a Jackson Springs product who maintained a 3.50 grade point average as an Exercise & Sports Science major, started all 49 games and led the Braves with a .391 (77-for-197) batting average to go along with 19 extra-base hits (3 HR), 16 RBI and a team-best 61 runs scored. A force on the base paths, the senior ranked second in the PBC with 34 stolen bases (39 attempts) and also booked a .523 slugging percentage and a .474 on-base percentage. Defensively, he was solid from his starting centerfield position as well where he turned in a .985 fielding percentage.
Maoz, a native of Canada who maintained a 3.87 grade point average as an Exercise & Sports Science major, played in 38 games (37 starts) for UNCP and missed 2-1/2 weeks late in the season with a broken ankle. Regardless, the utility player still managed a .348 (48-for-138) batting average with 10 extra-base hits (3 HR), 32 RBI and 28 runs scored. He also scored 80 percent (8-for-10) on stolen base attempts, while also registering a .464 slugging percentage and a .421 on-base percentage. He, too, was a defensive stalwart, booking a .984 fielding percentage in a handful of starts in the outfield, as well as first base.
As a result of their selection to the distinguished squad, both will now advance to the national ballot where they will have an opportunity to be selected for the Capital One Academic All-American team. Only paying members of CoSIDA were able to vote at the district level and determine the all-district selections. At the national level, only members of the Academic All-America committee and the CoSIDA board of directors will be able to vote to determine the Academic All-America teams.
The voting period for the national ballot began on Friday and will end on Tuesday. The Capital One Academic All-America Team for baseball will be released on May 31.