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In an elite academic group, East Texas Baptist University baseball players Dylan Sumpter and Casey Combs have been named Google Cloud Academic All-Americans.

It is the second time in three years that ETBU has had two players selected in the same year. Sumpter was voted onto the second team and Combs on the third team.

“Having two players receive CoSIDA Academic All-American awards for baseball is such a great honor. It is so hard to be voted one of 33 players in all of NCAA Division III and to have two is pretty special. Both Dylan and Casey have worked hard in the classroom and on the field to earn this award,” said ETBU Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications.

ETBU now has produce six CoSIDA Academic All-Americans with five coming in the last three years. ETBU’s first Academic All-American came in 2010 (Kyle Pope) followed by Dynas Doud (2016), Conner Combs (2016, 207), and Casey Combs and Sumpter.

Sumpter has a 4.00 grade point average in graduate school earning his Master’s in Business Administration. He graduated early in 2018 with a degree in business administration with a 3.98 grade point average. This year he was an All-ASC honorable mention selection and on the ASC All-Academic team. Last year, he was given the ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor from ETBU and was a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete nominee for the ASC baseball award. In 2017 he was a member of the ASC Red Bracket All-Tournament team and he has worn No. 16 the past two years as the James Morgan Memorial Baseball award winner for the team. He finished the season posting a .341 batting average with 45 hits and 20 RBI with 12 stolen bases.

Combs graduated in December 2018 with a 3.54 grade point average earning a degree in Business Management. This spring, he started his Master’s in Business Administration at ETBU. This is his seventh post-season honor this year as he is a both an ABCA and D3baseball.com All-American first team selection, West Region Player of the Year for both ABCA and D3baseball.com, the American Southwest Conference Player of the Year, and CoSIDA Academic All-District. He led ETBU in multiple categories including batting average (.417), hits (68), RBI (48) and stolen bases (19) and was the ASC Hitter of the Week twice and on the D3baseball.com Team of the Week once.

ETBU finished the year with 30 wins which is the third time in four seasons while making their fifth straight trip the ASC Tournament.

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