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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State baseball senior outfielder Dan Chmielewski was named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic Third-Team All-America® Baseball Team as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and announced Tuesday. Chmielewski becomes the first Michigan State baseball player to earn Academic All-America honors since Brandon Eckerle in 2011.
Chmielewski earns Academic All-America honors after earning All-District accolades for three-straight seasons. The MSU outfielder is the only player from the Big Ten on either of the three All-America teams.
Overall, Chmielewski is the 12th different Spartan player in MSU history to earn Academic All-America honors, and the 15th in program history, as Stuart Hirschman, Steve Johnson and Eckerle were two-time honorees. Chmielewski's honor is the third under head coach Jake Boss Jr., as both of Ecklere's honors came under Boss.
Chmielewski compiled an impressive list of academic accolades this spring, as he was also named the Michigan State recipient of the Big Ten Post-Graduate Scholarship, awarded to one male and one female student-athlete from each of the 14 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program and were each awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based on primarily academic achievements.
He was also recognized as the recipient of the MSU President's Award during Michigan State's Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) 22nd annual Spartan Academic Excellence Gala last month.
Chmielewski also was presented with the Scholar-Athlete Award for the baseball team at the event. The Scholar-Athlete Award is presented to the individual from each team who has reached at least junior academic status, has received a minimum of one Varsity Letter, has competed during the 2018-19 season and while meeting these requirements, maintains the highest cumulative grade point average on their team.
As a top student-athlete, Chmielewski, a native of Shelby Township, Michigan, has experienced tremendous success at Michigan State University. He graduated this spring with a 3.986 cumulative GPA in psychology, was a team captain, and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the past three years. In addition, this four-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree has made a profound impact in the community during his time at MSU. He has been an active participant in the McLaren Hospital Maternity Ward, Miracle League of Mid-Michigan, Ronald McDonald House and the Muscular Dystrophy Baseball Clinic.
Chmielewski will begin his journey toward his goal of becoming a physician when he starts medical school at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine in the fall.
On the field, Chmielewski hit .210 this season with 10 RBI, adding five stolen bases. Chmielewski played in 52 of MSU's 54 games, making 50 starts, mostly in center field. He also led the team with eight sacrifice hits, while adding two sacrifice flies, and topping the team in total sacrifices (10).
Chmielewski finished his Spartans career with 27 stolen bases, just missing the MSU career top 10 list. He had a .244 career average, playing in 167 games with 146 starts, with 142 hits, 23 doubles, four triples and four HR, with 53 RBI.
MICHIGAN STATE BASEBALL ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
1971 Larry Ike, P
1972 Jerry Sackman, OF
1974 Dale Frietch, C/DH
1984 Bill Harris, C
Chris Bucceri, OF
Andy Krause, OF
1992 Stuart Hirschman, P
Steve Johnson, OF
1993 Stuart Hirschman, P
Steve Johnson, OF
1994 Steve Money, OF
2000 Mike Pisani, OF
2010 Brandon Eckerle, OF (3rd team)
2011 Brandon Eckerle, OF (1st team)
2019 Dan Chmielewski, OF (3rd team)
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