Yale senior baseball player Eric Hsieh of Laguna Niguel has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team, a distinction that honors the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Hsieh, a 2011 Dana Hills High graduate, earned a 3.43 GPA in his academic career, while making waves on the diamond. The Bulldogs’ primary first baseman led the Ivy League with a .370 batting average, while being selected as one of 60 players on the Midseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award.
Starting in 37 of 38 games this season at first base and left field, Hsieh led the team in hits (50), runs (28), on-base percentage (.491) and defensive putouts (282). The Yale senior led all of Division I in batting average and on-base percentage during a two-week stretch in March.
In addition to being selected for the Academic All-America Team, Hsieh shared Yale baseball’s George H. Walker, Jr. ’27 Award with Green Campbell for the team’s most valuable players, as announced at the season-ending banquet last week.
Hsieh, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major, was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America for the District 1 team, which includes Division I players from the New England states.