RINDGE, N.H. (June 1, 2017) – Senior right-hander Tanner Bird (Adams, Mass.) of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team, as announced on Thursday afternoon by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
To be eligible for selection, each student-athlete must own a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average or higher, be at least a sophomore in academic standing and be a starter or significant contributor athletically. Only Academic All-District First Team selections appear on the Academic All-America ballot. The Academic All-District and All-America teams are voted on by sports information directors in the district and nation, respectively.
It is the second career CoSIDA Academic All-America selection for Bird, who was named to the Second Team a year ago.
Bird wrapped up his eligibility with the Ravens as a graduate student this spring. A year ago, he finished his marketing degree with a 3.62 GPA. Pursuing his master's degree at Franklin Pierce as well, Bird currently holds a 3.84 GPA as a graduate student. On the field, he logged 46.1 innings for the crimson and grey over 17 appearances on the mound this spring, including five starts. Bird allowed 21 runs (13 earned) on 38 hits, walked 17 and struck out 55 on his way to a 2.53 ERA and a 4-2 record.
The Ravens (33-15) wrapped up their season as the runner-up at the NE10 Championship. It marked the team's league-record 10th appearance in the final round of the conference tournament. Franklin Pierce posted its 16th straight season of at least 30 wins, and qualified for the NE10 Championship for a league-record 17th straight year.
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