May 31, 2006
WALTHAM, Mass. - Junior outfielder Jason Witzberger was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America baseball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Director's of America. Witzberger's national honor follows his selection as a First Team All-Conference pick in the NEWMAC.
Witzberger, who is widely regarded as one of the best Division III leadoff hitters in New England, batted .412 during the spring season to warrant his selection as a Third Team national member. On pace to set the Institute's career record for on-base percentage, Witzberger swiped 21 bases during 2006 en route to a new school record. In three seasons, Witz has successfully picked up 51 stolen bases.
With his selection, Witzberger becomes the third MIT student-athlete to earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors this season, joining Ryan Sheffler (soccer) and Mike D'Auria (basketball) while becoming the 126th honoree in the history of the Institute. MIT ranks first all-time among Division III schools in producing Academic All-America's, while the Engineers are ranked third across all NCAA divisions.
Witzberger is the 11th baseball player in MIT lore to cop national recognition for his excellence on the field and in the classroom, and the first since Alvie Loretto earned a Second Team selection in 2001.
Hailing from Wheeling, W.Va., Witzberger carries a converted grade-point average of 3.70 while majoring in Management Science.