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Rindal double winner with CSS baseball team

St. Scholastica's Grant Rindal pitches during the UMAC championship win over Bethany Lutheran on Saturday at Wade Stadium in Duluth. Rindal went seven innings giving up six hits and no runs en route to leading the Saints to an 8-0 win. (Photo by Derek Montgomery)

Former Superior High School pitcher Grant Rindal had a pretty good week as a member of the College of St. Scholastica Saints baseball team.

The senior was named to the Academic All-District Baseball Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday and then went out and pitched the Saints to their 20th-consecutive UMAC tournament championship with an 8-0 win over Bethany Lutheran Saturday at Wade Stadium.

Along with the win comes an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Saints will play UW-La Crosse Thursday at UW-Whitewater.

Rindal pitched seven scoreless innings while giving up six hits and no walks for the Saints.

He also struck out six as the Saints scored their 10th shutout of the season.

Rindal is also the third CSS baseball player to be named Academic All-District with Trevor Bernsdorf earning the honor in 2015 and Tom Juberian in 2012.

After missing all of the 2016 season due to injury, Rindal has made seven starts this season and tied for the conference lead with four wins in league games and ranked in the top 10 in conference in strikeouts (36) overall.

Rindal is now eligible for the Academic All-America Team ballot, where All-America honorees will be selected at the end of the month.

The academic teams selected by CoSIDA recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.