Ayres Named Second Academic All-American in GC Baseball History

Senior first baseman Clayten Ayres
Senior first baseman Clayten Ayres

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AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) released the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division II Baseball team Thursday, with Georgia College's Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) taking a spot on the second team.

The second Academic All-American in GC Baseball history, Ayres pulls in this honor based on a 3.94 GPA as an accounting major. He hit .320 with two home runs, 39 RBIs and 41 runs scored this season. Ayres started all 49 ballgames at first base, committing just two errors on the year in an amazing 424 chances. His 3.94 GPA is the second highest on the second team, behind only the 3.97 for Michael Lydon-Lorson of Rockhurst University.

Ayres joins Will Collins from 1995 as the only GC Baseball student-athletes in school history to earn Academic All-America trophies.

The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) boasts three student-athletes scattered among the three teams, as both Nick Debo of UNC Pembroke and Matthew Furuto of the University of Montevallo took slots on the first team.  

The team is voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2016-17 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on social media for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.