Seven Baseball Players Named Scholar-Athletes

Seven Baseball Players Named Scholar-Athletes

(Thursday, June 1; Sioux Center, Iowa) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced 383 student-athletes have been named 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athletes.  Dordt College had seven athletes on that list.

Cameron Gingerich (Senior; Riverside, Iowa), Jordan Van Maanen (Senior; Doon, Iowa) and Zach Zylstra (Senior; Thornton, Illinois) all earned the honor for the second time in their career.  Glen Thompson (Senior; Colorado Springs, Colorado), Colton Van Otterloo (Junior; Rock Rapids, Iowa), Zach Fowler (Junior; Vacaville, California) and Trent Roose (Junior; Pella, Iowa) all were first-time honorees.

Gingerich, Van Maanen and Van Otterloo are all Agriculture majors while Zylstra and Thompson graduated after studying Chemistry and Engineering respectively. Roose studies Education and Fowler is a Psychology major.

Gingerich was a first-team all-GPAC pick this season as well and earned CoSIDA Academic All-American 2nd-Team honors.  Gingerich batted .388 with 57 hits and 11 doubles with 44 runs scored—all of them team leading.

Van Maanen started five games and knocked in four runs batted in. 

Zylstra was 3-5 on the mound in eight starts with a 4.84 earned run average and earned all-GPAC honorable mention.

Thompson started 17 games and appeared in 32 with seven runs batted in.

Van Otterloo and Fowler claimed first-team all-GPAC honors this season as well.  Van Otterloo batted .342 with a .584 slugging percentage and knocked in 41 runs with nine homeruns and six doubles.  Fowler batted .311 with 47 hits and ten doubles and two homeruns and knocked in 31 runs.

Roose batted .291 with 30 hits and 18 runs batted in and claimed all-GPAC honorable mention.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.