ASU Tabs Two On PBC All-Academic Team

ASU Tabs Two On PBC All-Academic Team

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State baseball's Justin Appel and Kip Custer were named to the Peach Belt Conference's All-Academic Team Monday morning in a statement released from the conference office in Augusta, Ga.

Appel, a four-year veteran of the program made honorable mention with a 3.66 GPA, while Custer's 3.49 GPA broke the list. Appel received his BBA in management in summer 2012 and is currently working on his MBA. Custer, a rising senior is a health and physical education major who will return for his senior campaign next year.

This season Appel, a finalist for the Gerald Daise Leadership Ward, made 15 starts at catcher in 22 appearances and scored five runs off 12 hits. He enjoyed a 2-for-4 game on March 6th against Paine College, blasting two homers with six RBIs and on April 24, he knocked a solo homer at No. 3 USC Aiken.

Custer, named the 2013 MVP for baseball, compiled the most wins on the team with a 5-6 record on the mound for the Jaguars. He was first on the squad in innings pitched (81.0) and second on the team with 36 strikeouts.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) complete at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The PBC Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.


2012-2013 Baseball All-Academic Team

         Player                     School           Year    Hometown                GPA    Major

  • David Atwood          Young Harris  Jr.       Waynesville, N.C.      3.829  Biology
  • Ty Barkell                USC Aiken     So.      Denver, Colo.           3.786  Business
  • Kenny Bellavance      North Ga.       Sr.      Stone Mountain, Ga.   3.97    Business
  • Danny Brown           Flagler           So.      Fort Myers, Fla.         3.72    Psychology
  • Travis Donahoo         Young Harris  Jr.       Knoxville, Tenn.        3.803  English
  • Austin Dubberly        Montevallo     Sr.      Helena, Ala.             3.688  Business
  • Bill Gerstenslager       USC Aiken     Sr.      Solon, Ohio              3.756  Business
  • Patrick Grady            Lander          Jr.       Pompano Beach, Fla.  3.83    Biology
  • Dalton Gress             Francis Mar.    Jr.       Aiken, S.C.              3.973  Finance
  • Derek Hooper           North Ga.       Sr.      Sharpsburg, Ga.         3.69    Business
  • William Leatherwood  Young Harris  So.      Canton, N.C.            3.943  Biology
  • Jay Laurienzo           Flagler           Sr.      Tampa, Fla.              3.75    Political Science
  • Ryan Milewski          USC Aiken     Sr.      West Boylston, Mass.  3.670  Business
  • Clayton Miller           Armstrong      Jr.       Augusta, Ga.             3.449  Rehab. Sciences
  • Adam Moore            Young Harris  Jr.       Kennesaw, Ga.                   3.769  Business/Public Policy
  • Oliver Pratt               Young Harris  Jr.       Dacula, Ga.              3.815  History
  • Vinny Rodriguez       Montevallo     So.      Birmingham, Ala.       3.478  Pre-Med
  • Randall Sheffield       Ga. SW.         Sr.      PCB, Fla.                 3.625  Management
  • Tyler Stephan           USC Aiken     Sr.      Louisville, Ky.          3.748  Communications
  • Zack Willoughby       Montevallo     So.      Boaz, Ala.                3.854  Business

Honorable Mention: Frank Ambrosino, Georgia Southwestern; JUSTIN APPEL, Augusta State; Jacob Beauchamp, North Georgia; Daniel Bick, Georgia College; Andrew Brodbeck, Flagler; Les Cromer, Georgia Southwestern; KIP CUSTER, Augusta State; R.J. Dennard, Armstrong; Zade Denton, UNC Pembroke; Austin Dunn, Lander; Max Gagnon, UNC Pembroke; Chris Hyatt, Lander; Weston Lawling, Lander; Erik Lunde, Lander; Casey Maloney, Armstrong; Hart Mizell, Columbus State; Travis Naraine, North Georgia; Jarrod Taylor, Georgia Southwestern; Tom Valichka, Young Harris.

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