KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee sophomore Evan Russell been named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District 3 Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Lexington, Tenn., native is the 12th player in program history to earn Academic All-District honors and the third in the past three seasons, joining teammate Nico Mascia (2018) and Eric Freeman (2017).
The Academic All-District teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their contributions on and off the field. Russell joins 10 other student-athletes from schools in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia on the District 3 first team.
Russell and all other first-team honorees from other districts will automatically be placed on the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America selections to be announced in June.
The Google Cloud Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The Google Cloud Academic All-America program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools and other affiliations.
To be eligible for Academic All-District and All-America distinction, nominees must have reached at least sophomore academic standing and have a 3.30 GPA or higher to go along with legitimate on-field contributions.
Russell boasts a 3.64 GPA while majoring in finance and has had an impressive season on the field as well. The sophomore designated hitter/outfielder ranks second on the team with a .291 batting average while his four home runs and 32 runs batted are third most on the team. Russell has set career highs in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, total bases and stolen bases this season while helping lead the Vols to their most wins since 2007.
View the complete listing of Google Cloud Academic All-District Teams by clicking HERE.