FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior center fielder Buddy Sosnoskie has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Statesville, N.C., native has compiled a 3.38 grade point average as a marketing major. He was named to the 12-member second-team.
Sosnoskie becomes the third Academic All-American for the Patriot baseball program, joining right-handed pitcher Sammy Ward (1980) and outfielder Alex Lee (2010).
On the diamond, Sosnoskie led FMU with a .391 average, 56 runs batted in, and a .444 on-base percentage. He set team single-season records for hits (92) and doubles (25). He shared the team lead in runs scored (51), while also hitting a pair of home runs and stealing nine bases. He finished the year with a 12-game hitting streak, compiled 27 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBIs games, and reached base safely in 53 of 58 games.
Off the field, he was named to the 2012 Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team; is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society; and has been honored by inclusion on the both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls.
This past season, Sosnoskie helped lead Francis Marion to a 40-18 record, a national Top-10 ranking, and a fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament – where the Patriots reached the regional title game for the third consecutive season.
In both his seasons at FMU, Sosnoskie garnered All-Conference and All-Region accolades.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Baseball Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
P Mark Himmelberg Rockhurst Sr. Cape Girardeau, Mo. 3.91 Accounting
P Elias Tuma California San Diego Sr. Fremont, Cal. 3.93 Cognitive Science
C Devon Myers Truman State Sr. Fenton, Mo. 3.68 Exercise Science
IF Nick Adams Rollins Sr. Orlando, Fla. 3.84 Economics
IF Josh Chism Arkansas Monticello Gr. Mooreville, Miss. 4.00 Physical Education & Coaching
IF Jacob Karr Wingate Sr. Richmond, Va. 3.68 Accounting
IF Bret Schwartz Central Missouri Sr. Blue Springs, Mo. 3.60 Social Studies
OF David Atwood Young Harris So. Waynesville, N.C. 3.72 Biology
OF Josh Haley UNC Pembroke Sr. Jackson Springs, N.C. 3.50 Exercise & Sports Science
OF Buddy Sosnoskie Francis Marion Sr. Statesville, N.C. 3.38 Marketing
OF Bryant Walker King (Tenn.) Sr. Knoxville, Tenn. 4.00 Physics
DH Andy Hall Missouri Science & Tech. Sr. Rolla, Mo. 3.55 Civil Engineering