Matt Middendorf named Academic All-District
Thursday, May 11, 2006

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University senior infielder Matt Middendorf (Sauk Centre, Minn.) has been named to the ESPN the Magazine / College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District V College Division Baseball Team, as announced today by CoSIDA.

Middendorf was one of only three Beavers to start all 45 games for BSU this season, finishing fifth on the team with a .244 batting average. He was second in runs scored with 31, and was one of just three players to score 30 or more times this season. He tied for fourth on the team with 38 base hits, including six doubles, and he finished with 16 RBI. He also led the Beavers with five stolen bases on seven attempts.

He also made four appearances as a pitcher, posting a 1-3 record in seven appearances with one start.

Middendorf finished second in the NSIC in assists (102), eighth in the conference in total plate appearances (179) and sixth in at-bats (156).

Middendorf was one of five Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference student-athletes to be honored on the Academic All-District V team. Concordia-St. Paul senior pitcher Geoff Bray and Winona State senior outfielder Josh Maggert were named First-Team Academic All-District and will advance to the Academic All-America ballot. Southwest Minnesota State senior infielder Colby Pack and Winona State utility player Jay Horner joined Middendorf on the second team.

Middendorf is the fourth Bemidji State student-athlete to earn Academic All-District honors so far this season. He joins Brittney Carlson (volleyball) and Christina Egnell & Erin Foss (soccer), who were recognized in the fall.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams are selected by a vote of the 2,000-member CoSIDA. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools, who are then voted onto eight all-district teams. First-Team All-District honorees advance to the All-America ballot. The program honors 816 student-athletes nation wide each year, and since the program’s inception in 1952 nearly 16,000 have been named to Academic All-America teams.