Clarksville, Ark.-University of the Ozarks baseball player Sam Shook was named to the Capital One Academic All-America? Third Team, it was announced by the College of Sports Information Directors of America Wednesday.
Shook, a sophomore catcher, 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 the only player from the American Southwest Conference on the national team.
Shook, a left-handed hitter, was among the team’s top offensive performers during the 2013 season. The Katy, Texas, native had a breakout season leading the team in doubles (12), runs (29) and home runs (2). He ranked third in batting (.333) and second in RBI (23), hits (52) and total bases (70). His 12 doubles ranked third in the conference. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound standout compiled 14 multiple-hit games and owned the team’s longest hitting streak at 17 games. In 39 starts, he hit safely in 32 games. He posted four three-hit games and drove in four runs against Central Baptist College.
A mathematics major, Shook boasted a 3.89 grade point average and was named to the ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete and All-Academic Teams.
Shook played at Cinco Ranch High School.
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.