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Nick Sandlin Named Google Cloud Academic All-America® Team

June 7, 2018

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Junior right-handed pitcher Nick Sandlin earned selection to the Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team, Thursday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Sandlin, a Construction Engineering Technology major with a 3.91 grade point average, earned the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year as well as the Ferriss Trophy for top collegiate player in the state of Mississippi.
The Evans, Ga., native posted a 10-0 record this spring as he was converted into the team’s top starter from its closer role. In addition, Sandlin registered the lowest earned run average in the nation in 2018 with a 1.06, while fanning 144 and walked just 18 over 102 1/3 innings to have one of the lowest WHIPs in collegiate baseball.
The only Golden Eagle to ever win and save over 20 games each in his career helped the program to a 44-18 record this season that included a Conference USA regular-season and tournament championship – the first time the school had achieved that feat since 2003.
Earlier this week, Sandlin was selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in the second round by the Cleveland Indians with the 67th overall pick.
He is the eighth first-team selection since Mark Carson became the initial Golden Eagle to earn top honors for the Golden Eagles in 1981. Eleven different student-athletes from the program have been honored on one of the three Academic All-America squads.
Sandlin is only the second repeat winner, as he was a third-team selection following last season. Catcher Derek Reams earned back-to-back first-team nods in 1994 and 1995.

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