Thursday, May 12, 2005

Whitman First Baseman Makes Academic All-District Baseball Team

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - J.D. Fischer, a slugging first baseman on the Whitman College men's baseball team, has been named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District Team.

Fischer, a junior, is one of 11 players named to the Academic All-District First Team in the College Division of District VIII. The district includes all NAIA and NCAA Div. II and Div. III schools in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, as well as British Columbia.

Players on all-district teams from around the nation are eligible for election to the Academic All-America Team. National voting takes place later this month.

Fischer, a graduate of Capital High School in Boise, Idaho, is majoring in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology at Whitman, where he has a cumulative grade point average of 3.65.

"J.D. is the definition of a student athlete," Whitman baseball coach Casey Powell said. "He has the highest grade point average on our team every season, and he continues to improve and be a big part of our team on the field."

Fischer hit .292 this spring, leading Whitman in home runs (5), doubles (11), runs batted in (30), total bases (64), and slugging percentage (.492).

"J.D. had a great season," Powell said. "His power numbers compare very favorably with the other first basemen in our conference."

This spring, Fischer was one of six undergraduates awarded internships to assist with research this summer in the Division of Human Biology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash. He has earned Undergraduate Honors in each of his first two academic years at Whitman.

Fischer is the son Deborah and Bryan Fischer of Boise, Ore.

With sponsorship from ESPN The Magazine, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) administers and selects the Academic All-America teams at the district and national levels.

CONTACT: Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information
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