AUSTIN, TEXAS – Four Peach Belt Conference baseball players have been named Google Cloud Academic All-Americans. Francis Marion's C.J. Mackinson was named to the second team while Flagler's Aaron Anderson and Young Harris' Tyler Washington and Matt Rogers were named third team.
The four Academic All-Americans is tied for the most in a single season in PBC history, having only been done before in 2012. With this year's release, 34 baseball players in league history have earned the honor, widely regarded as the highest accolade a student-athlete can receive. The team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A native of Sykesville, Md., Mackinson owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a management major.
On the field this season, he started all 49 contests and batted .262 with seven doubles, three home runs, and 27 runs batted in. He registered 15 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games. He recorded a team-best equaling 17-game streak of safely reaching base in 2019, ranks seventh in the PBC with 136 fielding assists, and took part in turning 34 double plays – fourth-best in the conference.
He was named to the PBC Baseball All-Academic Team for 2019.
At this spring's FMU Academic Awards Day ceremony, Mackinson received the Management Award (from the School of Business). He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society. He has been named to the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor roll on every possible occasion, and served on the University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee this past year.
As a junior in 2018, he was a second-team All-Conference selection and earned Patriot Team MVP honors.
Anderson is an accounting and finance major at Flagler. He holds a perfect cumulative grade point average of 4.0. Last week, Anderson was the recipient of the Elite 15 Award Presented by the Education Advisory Board at the Peach Belt Conference pre-tournament banquet. That award is given to the student-athlete who has the highest GPA among the teams at the conference tournament. A first-team All-PBC selection this season, Anderson led the team with a .343 batting average, 69 hits, and a .435 on-base percentage.
Washington, a senior outfielder from Adairsville, Georgia, finished second on the Young Harris team with a .340 batting average (50-of-147) and was fourth with 13 doubles and a .469 slugging percentage. Washington, who was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference Tournament team, has scored 28 runs with two home runs, 22 RBI and five stolen bases in 45 games played (38 starts). Washington had 13 multi-hit games this season with a .412 on-base percentage. Washington finished 13th in the Peach Belt in batting average, 18th in doubles and 28th in slugging percentage.
Washington, who has a 3.90 GPA as a psychology major, has been named to the Peach Belt All-Academic Baseball Team three times and also named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll three times.
Rogers, a senior left-handed pitcher from Las Vegas, Nevada, led the Mountain Lions in appearances (25), ERA (2.38) and was second on the team in saves (4). In 41.2 innings pitched, Rogers allowed just 11 earned runs and struck out 43. Rogers, who has a 2-2 record, limited the opposition to a .240 batting average. Rogers is currently ranked ninth in the Peach Belt in saves. Against Cedarville University this season, Rogers faced 10 batters and struck out nine to earn a save.
Rogers, who has a 3.93 GPA as a business and public policy major, has twice been named to the PBC All-Academic Baseball Team and the PBC Presidential Honor Roll.
The Division II Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams.