GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford College junior John Macon Smith earned Capital One Academic All-District® 5 baseball honors Thursday from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). CoSIDA members nominated and selected the Academic All-District® teams.
The all-district squads are comprised of baseball student-athletes from NCAA III institutions in the 10-state area from Virginia to Mississippi. Nominees were starters or important reserves of sophomore academic standing or above who maintained at least a 3.3 grade point average. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Smith, a 6-2, 200-pound outfielder, led the Quakers with a.392 batting average, 36 runs, 58 hits, 33 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases over 38 games. The left-handed batter earned First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recognition and was named the league's Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete. Smith also smacked eight doubles, two triples and four homers this year and finished second on the team with a .554 slugging percentage. He ranks fifth among ODAC hits per game leaders (1.61), fifth in batting average, sixth in stolen bases and 10th in on-base percentage (.443) through games of May 1.Smith totaled a team-high 19 multiple-hit contests, nine multiple-RBI games and ended the year on a season-best eight-game hitting streak. He went 7-for-9 with a double and three RBI in Guilford's doubleheader sweep of ODAC Tournament champion Randolph-Macon College Apr. 20.
After two seasons, Smith owns a .396 batting average at Guilford with 17 home runs and 84 RBI. He is a two-time All-ODAC honoree and ranks 23rd among the Quakers' career leaders in RBI. In the classroom, Smith carries a 3.70 grade point average as an accounting major. The dean's list student is a two-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll.
Smith helped coach Nick Black's '02 club to a 20-18 overall record, 10-10 in the ODAC. Black could have as many as 32 returning letter winners next season.