OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Christian baseball standout Jake Collins was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 6 team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Collins, a senior infielder-pitcher from Latta High School, is only the sixth player in OC baseball history to receive Academic All-District honors, joining Dustin Tedesco (2000), Ryan Nash (2012), Caleb Price (2012), Heath Steele (2012) and Robert Rosser (2016).
The CoSIDA honor recognizes student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom and is considered one of the most prestigious in collegiate athletics.
To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, have reached sophomore status athletically, have legitimate athletic credentials and have been at the nominating institution at least one calendar year.
The Academic All-District awards are divided into eight geographic districts and four divisions. OC student-athletes compete for awards against their counterparts from other Division II schools. District 6 includes universities that are members of the Heartland, Rocky Mountain Athletic and Lone Star Conferences – a total of 35 schools. Sports information directors from those universities vote for the Academic All-District team.
Collins carries a 3.88 GPA in leadership and organizational development. He has overcome thoracic outlet syndrome – a condition that required him to undergo multiple surgeries – to become one of the Heartland Conference’s best players.
As a hitter, Collins hit .313 with five home runs and a team-high 36 RBIs and posted a slugging percentage of .491. He tied for ninth in the Heartland in RBIs and 10th in doubles (12). On the mound, Collins led the league with seven saves while going 1-0 with a 3.71 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 17 innings.
He has made the Heartland Honor Roll every semester since transferring from Eastern Oklahoma State College and has twice received the Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award.
Collins now will be on the ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, which will be selected later this month by a national committee of sports information directors. No OC baseball player has ever made the Academic All-America team.