Clarksville, Ark.-University of the Ozarks designated hitter Michael Prusator was named to the Capital One Academic All-America? Third Team, it was announced by the College of Sports Information Directors of America this week.
Prusator, a senior, received the honor after being voted to the Capital One All-District Team earlier this month. Only student-athletes named to their respective Academic All-District Teams become eligible for national consideration. He is one of two players from the American Southwest Conference on the national team.
Prusator produced an outstanding senior season during the 2012 campaign. The Ochelata, Okla., native ranked fourth on the team in batting (.312), third in RBI (22) and doubles (7), and fourth in total bases (51), hits (39) and slugging percentage (.408). The 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-handed hitter compiled eight multiple-hit games and drove in two runs four different times. In 33 starts, he hit safely in 25 games. Prusator’s best game of the season came against Mississippi College when he went 5-for-6 with two RBI. He totaled eight hits during a three-game series against the Choctaws.
He is a three-time member of the ASC All-Academic Team. Prusator graduated Magna Cum Laude in chemistry and will attend graduate school at the University of Oklahoma. Prusator played at Caney Valley High School where he earned All-Conference honors during his prep career.
The Capital One Academic All-America® program honors student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level in athletics and in the classroom. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at their current institution and be nominated by the sports information director.