Larson Named Academic All-American
June 1, 2012
University of Minnesota baseball standout Troy Larson was named a 2012 Capital One Division I Academic All-American, announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Larson, named to the second team, is the only Big Ten Conference baseball player to be honored with the award and the first Gopher baseball student-athlete since Matt Nohelty in 2009. He becomes the ninth Golden Gopher to earn the prestigious honor and Minnesota baseball's 14 Academic All-America citation.
The Maplewood, Minn., native owns a grade point average of 3.95 with a double major in genetics/cell biology and biochemistry. Larson was named a Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection his sophomore and junior seasons. Of the Gopher male student-athletes, he holds one of the department's top five GPAs, which was awarded on April 23rd.
Larson finished his junior season with a .304 batting average and played in 42 games, despite battling an ankle injury mid season. Starting in 37 games, Larson had 50 total bases with two triples, four doubles and 42 hits. Batting in the top order of the lineup for the majority of the season, Larson had 22 runs scored, a .374 on-base percentage and 13 walks. He also tied for the team lead in eight stolen bases in 10 attempts, while producing .975 fielding percentage.