Two baseball players named to academic all-district squad

May 9, 2012 | News, UToday
By Brian DeBenedictis



Senior outfielder Ben Hammer and sophomore catcher James Miglin have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District V Division One First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America has announced.

Hammer, left, and Miglin

Hammer becomes the first player in school history to be a two-time all-district recipient, earning first-team recognition last spring as well.

Hammer has a 3.86 cumulative grade point average as an exercise science major, while Miglin has a 3.92 GPA as a pre-physical therapy major. The UT duo will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

The Rockets’ two selections tied for the most in a single season in program history, joining Scott Boley (first team) and Joel Visser (second team) in 2007.

On the diamond, Hammer is one of two Rockets to start all 44 games this spring. He is batting .249 (44 for 177) with 19 runs scored, seven doubles, two home runs, a team-high 28 RBI and eight stolen bases. The Wayne, Ohio, native has hit safely in 30 contests, including 10 multi-hit and six multi-RBI efforts. In the classroom, Hammer has been a member of UT’s dean’s list the last six semesters, including perfect 4.0 GPAs in five grading periods.

Miglin has taken over the full-time job of directing the pitching corps in 2012 and is batting .282 (44 for 156) with 22 runs scored, six doubles, a team-high four home runs and 27 RBI. He currently ranks tied for 10th in the MAC in round-trippers. He has appeared in 42 games, making 41 starts (36 at catcher, five at designated hitter). Miglin has hit safely in 28 contests, including 12 multi-hit and six multi-RBI efforts. Defensively, he has thrown out 14 of 45 (.311) potential base stealers. In the classroom, Miglin has been a member of UT’s dean’s list the last three semesters, including a perfect 4.0 GPA in spring 2011.

To be nominated for the squad, a student-athlete must have a 3.3 or better cumulative GPA and be in his or her second year both competitively and academically at a Division I school in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.