Clarksville, Ark.--Junior first baseman Brett Hays was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America All-District VI Baseball Team, announced by District VI coordinator Tim Clark yesterday.
Hays, a 6-4, 210-pound right-handed hitter from Little Rock, led the team in stolen bases (13), tied for the team-lead in hits (59), finished second in runs (35), third in batting (.383), and started in all 40 games for the Eagles. Hays had a team-best three games in which he collected four hits and ended the season with 17 multiple-hit games. Hays, who had a 12-game hit streak during the season, had his best game against Hardin-Simmons on March 5 when he went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a homer. His 59 hits tie him for the single-season record at Ozarks. Hays, who hit safely in 34 games this year, was named 2003 ASC East Division Co-Freshman of the Year after leading the team in hits (39), runs (31), total bases (57), stolen bases (10) and doubles (9). A Political Science major, Hays has been named to the ASC All-Academic team twice in his career and has been on the Dean’s and President’s list at Ozarks. ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI Baseball Team for the college division recognizes outstanding NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA student-athletes from the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must be a starter with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his career. Hays will have his nomination forwarded to the national ballot, from which student-athletes will be selected as Academic All-Americans.