University of Wisconsin-Superior senior designated hitter/right-handed pitcher Braeden Barr has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III Third Team in baseball.
The award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America program separately recognizes baseball and softball student-athletes in four divisions: NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
Barr, from San Diego, is just the third student-athlete in UWS history, and first baseball player, to earn the Academic All-America distinction.
Women's basketball's Eva Reinertsen was also a third-team selection this season. Sally Linzmeier, the Yellowjackets' all-time leading scorer on the hardwood, claimed a second-team honor in 2015.
Barr, an exercise science major, has a 3.45 grade-point average is a two-time All-UMAC First Team selection. He batted .368 (50-for-136) in 36 games and 34 starts this spring. He finished fifth in the UMAC in home runs (6), sixth in RBIs (35), eighth in hits and ninth in slugging percentage (.581).
Barr finished the season tied for the team with 17 multiple-hit games and second on the team with nine multi-RBI games. He posted a 13-game hitting streak from March 22 versus Carleton to April 19 at Bethany Lutheran, hitting .404 with 21 hits, four doubles, three home runs and 18 RBIs in that span.
Barr is currently the seventh toughest player to strike out in NCAA Division III, averaging one strikeout every 34 at-bats. He fanned just four times this season.
On the mound, Barr was 3-2 with a 5.62 ERA in six starts and 40 innings. He pitched two complete games, one of which came in the UMAC tournament, helping lead the Yellowjackets to their first victory over top-seeded St. Scholastica since 1991. Barr scattered eight hits and two earned runs while striking out six and walking three to beat the Saints, 6-3.
The 33 student-athletes that make up all three teams have an average cumulative GPA of 3.84.
The 'Jackets finished the season 18-22 overall, one win off a school record.