COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican baseball juniors Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) and Lee Sponseller (Mason, Ohio) were each picked to the CoSIDA Academic All-American team in voting conducted by the nation's sports information directors.
This is the second time Sponseller has garnered Academic All-American honors (2015) and the first for Childers.
Childers, a Finance and Economics major, carries a 3.53 GPA. A consensus All-American and Midwest Region Player of the Year, Childers batted .451 with 14 homers, 17 doubles, five triples, 60 RBIs, 62 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in 48 games. Through games played as of May 14, Childers ranks second nationally in slugging percentage (.846) and third in batting average while his .526 on-base percentage is ninth.
Childers closed the season with a 14 game hitting streak and had two or more hits in 12 of those games, hitting .609 with six homers, 25 RBIs and 14 walks in that stretch. On the season, he had 28 multi-hit games and 19 multi-RBI games.
In three seasons with the Panthers, Childers has a .363 batting average with 22 homers, 122 RBIs, 32 doubles and 137 runs scored.
Sponseller is also a Finance and Economics major and carries a 3.68 GPA. Sponseller has been a consensus all-region selection, earning First Team honors from the D2CCA and NCBWA and second team from the ACBA. A two-time First Team All-GLIAC honoree, he batted .341 with 14 homers, 11 doubles and 37 knocked in. He also walked a GLIAC-best 41 times, which led to a .474 on-base percentage, and slugged .665. Entering the GLIAC Tournament, he ranked second in the league in homers, fourth in slugging and eighth in OBP, and his 46 runs scored were also the ninth-best mark in the conference.
Sponseller earned GLIAC Player of the Week honors in April, the fifth time he has earned that award in his career, and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. In 131 career games, Sponseller has a .367 batting average with 26 homers, 108 RBIs, 32 doubles, 100 walks and a .488 OBP with a .626 slugging percentage.
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