ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT FIVE
St. Louis, Mo., May 9, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis had three members of its No. 5-ranked baseball team selected to the NCAA Division III Google Cloud Academic All-District Five Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday.
Junior catcher Thomas Gardner, sophomore pitcher Ryan Loutos and senior second baseman Evan Nagel were selected to the Academic All-District 5 Team. The three academic all-district honors are the most by WashU since 2015. To be eligible for nomination to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in academic standing with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, and must be a starter or an important reserve. All three student-athletes are now eligible to be selected to the Academic All-America Team, announced June 4.
Gardner has caught the majority of innings of the top pitching staff in the country and has a 3.90 grade point average while double majoring in economics and mathematics. The Bears pitching staff has the top earned run average (1.79), most shutouts (10) and best WHIP (1.00) in Division III. In addition to his catching responsibilities, Gardner is fifth on the team with a .405 on-base percentage. He has 25 hits, 17 walks and 11 hit by pitches while contributing a personal-best 20 runs batted in. Gardner is a two-time academic all-University Athletic Association (UAA) recipient.
Loutos, an all-UAA First Team honoree, sports a 3.91 grade point average while double majoring in computer engineering and math. During his second season on the Danforth campus, the Barrington, Ill.-native has dominated opponents to the tune of a 1.40 earned run average in 64.1 innings pitched while striking out 85 batters compared to 49 hits allowed and 13 walks issued. In addition, Loutos has earned several weekly honors this season including the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division III National Pitcher of the Week on May 8, two D3baseball.com National Team of the Week distinctions as well as three UAA Pitcher of the Week honors. In just two seasons of play, the academic all-UAA honoree has totaled 160 strikeouts which is 24 shy of joining the top-10 in program history.
Nagel has accumulated career-best numbers this season while closing out his academic career with a 3.82 grade point average as a philosophy-neuroscience-psychology and economics & strategy double major. The senior captain has tied or set personal-best numbers in runs scored (34), hits (39), doubles (nine), triples (one), home runs (two), runs batted in (28), walks (23) and stolen bases (13) while sporting a .312/.443/.448 slash line. Nagel was the recipient of the inaugural Chancellor's Award for Student-Athlete Excellence and the Iron Bear Award during WashU's 33rd Annual Scholar-Champion Awards Celebration on April 30.
The Bears closed out the regular season with the eighth UAA title in program history and a 31-5-1 overall record. WashU will await its NCAA fate on Monday, May 13 during the 11 a.m. selection show on NCAA.com. There will be a watch party for the Bears in the Athletic Complex Lobby. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.