ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A pair of St. Bonaventure baseball players have earned Academic All-District honors as Tyler Kelder and Branden Myers each received recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Kelder and Myers are part of the 11-member District 1 team made up of athletes from New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The 2020-21 Academic All-District® Baseball Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes baseball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA and teams are divided into geographic regions. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in late July. Honorees are nominated and voted on by sports information directors from each district.
A four-year member of the Bonnies baseball program, Kelder earned his degree in health science from the St. Bonaventure School of Health Professions in May. An Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll member, Kelder owned a 3.635 cumulative GPA for his college career. He is one of three outfielders on the All-District Team.
On the field, Kelder finished his time in a Bonnies uniform as one of the program's top power hitters. He ranks fourth all-time in school history with 28 home runs in 121 total games, hitting .283 with 130 career hits. The Kingston, N.Y. native picked up a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams this spring after hitting .318 with a .422 on-base percentage, blasting 10 home runs with 20 extra-base hits in just 31 games. His .696 slugging percentage is sixth in school single-season history and best in 11 seasons while standing 27th among all Division I players this season.
A junior sports studies major from Hermitage, Pa., Myers previously garnered Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team accolades earlier this year with a 3.886 cumulative GPA. For the season, he hit .278 while starting all 31 games at shortstop. He was at his best during A-10 play, hitting .329 with a .363 on-base percentage and six RBIs during 20 conference games. The third-year member of the program also had a team-best nine multi-hit games. He is one of four infielders on the All-District squad and is also on the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
The Bonnies duo is joined on the team by pitchers Brendan Coffey (Sacred Heart) and Jack Jett (Hofstra), catcher Mike Caruso (Fairfield), infielders Danny Glendon (Sacred Heart), C.J. Vasquez (Fordham) and Robert Weissheier (Hofstra), outfielders Jacob Burlingame (Canisius), Joe Lomuscio (Brown) and designated hitter Matt Padre (Manhattan).
A total of five Atlantic 10 players were picked to the All-District teams nationwide with only George Washington also having multiple honorees in District 2.
This year marks the first time in the past two decades that the Bonnies have had multiple CoSIDA Academic All-District selections. Kelder and Myers are also the fourth and fifth players picked during that time – Eric Wilson did so in 2002 and 2003; Randy Moley in 2006, '07 and '08 and Sam Fuller was picked in 2018 and 2019. The last time the Bonnies had multiple All-District honorees was 21 years ago when Mark Evers and Jason Milleisen each were named Academic All-Americans. Moley also received All-America status in 2008 while Fuller was also an All-American in both 2018 and 2019.
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