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BASEBALL: SCHULT OF EASTERN GAINS DISTRICT ACADEMIC HONOR

Team's No. 1 hitter and pitcher an ESPN The Magazine District 1 choice

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Jim Schult (at left and below)

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - For the fourth straight year, the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball program has been represented on the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team.

Junior utility player Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) has been named a second-team choice to the 2010 District 1 College Division Team, which includes Division II and III players from institutions located in New England and New York. A right-handed pitcher and rightfielder, Schult was named as one of two outfielders on the second team.

Schult was only one of only ten New England Division III players - and one of only two from the Little East Conference -- chosen  to the team, which included 12 first-team selections and ten second-team picks.

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Eligible student-athletes needed to have reached their sophomore years and needed to have accumulated at least a cumulative 3.30 GPA through the fall semester.

Through six semesters, Schult has earned an overall 3.72 GPA. During the past spring -  which began with pre-season workouts in early February and whose 41-game schedule concluded May 21 in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament -- Schult amassed a 3.82 GPA. A member of the Honors Program, Schult is majoring in Business Administration with a Marketing minor.

"Jim was probably the most consistent, most vicious competitive ballplayer that we had on our team (in 2010)," praised head coach Bill Holowaty. "He was possessed to be the best in academics and baseball. He's truly focused. He gives 100 percent-plus on and off the field."

In addition to his academic accomplishments this year, Schult was  a first-team ABCA Division III All-New England Region Team selection at the utility position, which qualified him to be considered as an All-America selection. The 6-0, 200-pound right-handed hitter and pitcher was also voted as a second-team outfielder on the ECAC Division III New England Team and was named first-team All-Little East Conference as an outfielder and second-team all-conference at pitcher. He was named to the regional tournament all-tournament team after batting .462 (6-for-13) with a .533 on-base percentage, three RBI, two runs, two doubles, and two RBI. He also started the team's third and final game of the tournament on the mound, pitching the first six innings without a decision.

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As the team's starting rightfielder and No. 3 hitter in the order, Schult led the Warriors this season with a .377 batting average and 109 total bases, and shared the team lead with 66 hits and 19 doubles. He stole 12 bases without being caught. As a pitcher, Schult was 5-1 with a save and a staff-leading 3.52 ERA. He also topped the staff in starts (10) and innings (61 1/3), and was second in strikeouts (53). Schult won five straight decisions after an opening loss in Arizona, pitching eight innings in the team's second-round win over Rhode Island College in the Little East Conference tournament. Schult pitched into the seventh inning of the team's third-round regional tournament loss to Wheaton College, allowing only one earned run before departing with a 4-2 lead in an eventual 9-4 season-ending defeat.

"Jim is so driven, '(with the attitude of) get out of my way, I'm coming through,'" notes Holowaty. "He's such a hard-working son-of-a-gun, athletically and academically. He might be one of the strongest students, academically, that we've had here in a long time," added the 42-year head coach, who insists that Schult's productivity both in the classroom and on the field this past year merited him All-America honors in both arenas.

Schult has a .362 career batting aveage in 130 games, with 17 home runs, 279 total bases, 125 RBI, 143 runs and  21 stolen bases.  As a pitcher, he is 9-1 with two saves and a 3.18 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 116.0 innings. His 44 doubles rank him eighth all-time.

Schult has played the last two summers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League - one of the top wood bat leagues in the country. After spending the summer of 2009 at North Shore as a starting outfielder and spot starter, he has signed this summer with the Sanford Mainers, who reached the Eastern Division championship round a year ago after finishing four games ahead of North Shore for the second and final playoff spot in the division. Through five games for the 4-1 Mainers thus far, Schult is batting .400 (8-for-20) with a home run and four RBI.

Prior to joining the NECBL, Schult spent summers playing AAU in 2004 and 2005 with the Hudson Valley Bombers and New York Hurricanes, respectively, and on the semipro level with the New Rochelle Robins the past two summers. Both of his AAU teams reached national tournaments, with the Robins capturing the  initial World Baseball Association championship in 2007.

Schult follows former two-year teammate Tristan Hobbes '09 (now a graduate student at Boston University) as a selection to the CoSIDA academic team. Hobbes was a first-team all-district pick in all three seasons of his eligibility, and as a senior last spring, was tabbed as a first-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-America.