NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A trio of St. Bonaventure baseball players have earned recognition on the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team for their work in the classroom and on the field this spring – graduate student Ryan O'Connor, senior Sam Fuller and sophomore Braydon Nelson.
O'Connor and Fuller were each named to the A-10 All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year while Nelson earns his first all-conference honor.
A native of Rochester, O'Connor wrapped up his college career last week by being the co-winner of the University's New York State Society of CPAs Graduate Award of Honor as he earned his MBA in professional accountancy. Last year, he earned his undergraduate degree in accounting and was named the winner of the SBU Austin Finan Award in Finance and the co-winner of the New York State Society of CPAs Senior Award of Honor. O'Connor owns a 3.883 cumulative GPA and was productive on the field as well – he hit .288 this season, appearing in 31 games including 19 starts. A utility player who has played in the infield and outfield during his time with the program, he drove in seven runs, scored 11 and had a .348 on-base percentage. For his career, he had a .291 batting average in 77 games along with a .362 on-base percentage.
Fuller, a double major in biology and history, received his undergraduate degree this past week with a cumulative GPA of 3.97. A two-time Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team as well as CoSIDA Google Cloud All-District selection, he led the Bonnies in nearly every offensive category this year including batting average (.325), on-base percentage (.433), runs (34), stolen bases (16) and triples (7). He led the league in triples, tying the program's season record as well, and placed in the league's top-20 in average, on-base and stolen bases. He started 42 games in centerfield, committing just one error while posting a .991 fielding percentage. The native of Mentor, Ohio also was well recognized at last week's University Honors Ceremony, earning top honors for The Biology Award and The Father Roderick Wheeler Award. He also received honorable mention for General Excellence in the Science Curriculum as well as Ideal Bonaventure Man. In 128 career games with the Bonnies, he hit .278 with a .380 on-base percentage along with 98 hits and 34 stolen bases.
Nelson, a mathematics major from Brecksville, Ohio, owns a 3.932 cumulative GPA. A member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll along with Fuller and O'Connor, Nelson was the Bonnies' Friday starter during conference play this season. He made 12 starts and ranked ninth in the A-10 with 73 strikeouts in 73.2 innings of work, a total that stands fifth in program season history. His 8.92 strikeouts per nine innings stood 11th in the league while he tossed the eighth-most innings of any A-10 pitcher, striking out six or more batters in eight of his 12 starts.
The Bonnies continued a trend of four straight seasons with at least one player on the A-10 All-Academic Team while this year's three selections are the most for the program since 1995.
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