Rodriguez named CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American

Vinny Rodriguez has been named a third team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American in baseball. (Contributed)

Vinny Rodriguez has been named a third team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American in baseball. (Contributed)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MONTEVALLO – University of Montevallo senior Vinny Rodriguez has been named a third team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American in baseball.

Rodriguez, a Flint, Mich. native who owns a 3.40 grade-point average as a Spanish major, earned his first Academic All-American selection at the designated hitter position on the team recognizing the top student-athletes in NCAA Division II for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Rodriguez was also named a NCAA Division II Academic All-District selection last month.

“I’m really proud of Vinny for receiving this honor,” said Montevallo baseball coach Chandler Rose. “We stress the importance of academics constantly and Vinny has been a fantastic student the past five years on top of being a great player. This award is a credit to Vinny’s work ethic and dedication to his academics.”

Rodriguez, a product of Shades Valley High School in Birmingham, finished his senior season with a .397 batting average while setting a new program record with a 28-game hitting streak during the year.

Rodriguez’s .397 batting average ranked him eighth in the Peach Belt Conference this season.

Rodriguez also posted a .478 on-base percentage and a .615 slugging percentage, with his .478 on-base percentage ranking him seventh in the conference and his .615 slugging percentage ranking him 10th in the conference.

Rodriguez was second in the conference with 20 doubles and drove in 54 runs, which ranked him eighth in the conference. Rodriguez finished with 107 total bases and 26 extra-base hits.