Dillon Selected to Capital One Academic All-America® First Team
Zane Dillon is the second Bulldog in two years to be named a Capital One Academic All-America® Selection
Zane Dillon is the second Bulldog in two years to be named a Capital One Academic All-America® Selection

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Springfield, Ill.~ Benedictine University at Springfield’s Zane Dillon has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Baseball First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA). Dillon becomes the first Bulldog to receive First Team honors and joins former teammate Sean Fitzgerald as the second honoree in two years for BenU Springfield.

Dillon, a transfer to the Bulldog program from Danville Community College, recently graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice, carrying a 3.93 G.P.A. Zane finished his career at BenU Springfield in the top ten of almost every batting category for the Bulldogs, including second in career batting average (.347) and tied for second all-time in stolen bases (20). A two-time American Midwest Conference (AMC) All-Conference and Academic All-Conference performer, Zane has played almost every position in the field for the Bulldogs, solidifying his impact to the success of the program over the past two seasons. The Bulldogs were ousted in the third game of the AMC Baseball Tournament this past season, after coming off an historic 2012-13 campaign where they brought in the program and department’s first conference tournament title and berth the NAIA National Championship.

“I am extremely happy for Zane on his selection; he follows in a rich history of former players with this bestowed honor,” Head Baseball Coach Steve Torricelli said of Dillon’s honor. “His dedication to his team and his education is nothing short of perfection and if you know Zane, he would not have it any other way.”

Dillon joins fellow AMC student-athletes Derek Fletcher (William Woods) and Matt Thomas (William Woods) as Academic All-America® honorees, and is the lone AMC selection for First-Team designation.

Director of Athletics Nikki Bull-Eguez wasn’t surprised with Zane’s selection to the honor. “Zane has been through a lot this year and has maintained a fervent dedication to his academics and to baseball. We (the department) are so proud of his achievements and the representative he has been for our University.”

To be eligible for Academic All-America® recognition, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore athletic status at their current institution, carry a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.30, and be a key member of their program (varsity starter or key reserve).

To see the full list of honorees, please see link HERE or visit www.capitaloneacademicallamerica.com.