Greensboro, NC -- Guilford College's Jeff Arzonico (Norcross, GA/Branson (MO)), Brian Burton (Ahoskie, NC/Hertford County) and Jake Lubel (Olney, MD/Sherwood) earned spots on the Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Baseball squad Thursday. Members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selected the academic all-district teams. First-team honorees advance to the national Academic All-America® ballot.
The all-district squads are comprised of baseball student-athletes from Division II and III institutions in the five-state area from Virginia to Florida. Nominees were starters or important reserves of sophomore academic standing or above who maintained at least a 3.2 grade point average.
Arzonico, a 5-10 junior, enjoyed his finest season as the Quakers' starting right fielder and earned honorable mention All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) honors. The six-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll is a double major in business management and sports management. He ranks 13th in the ODAC and second on the team with a .375 batting average. His 37 RBIs stand ninth in the ODAC and third on the team. Defensively, Arzonico had the club's best fielding percentage among outfielders (.968) and four outfield assists. Perhaps the Quakers' best clutch hitter, he led the team with a .476 average with runners in scoring position and 18 two-out RBIs. Arzonico had a hit in 31 of 39 games and saw his club- and career-high 16-game hitting streak end in Guilford's season finale with Ferrum. He had 15 multiple-hit games and 11 contests with two or more RBIs.
After spending his rookie season as a reserve outfielder and pinch-hitter, Burton broke through as a sophomore designated hitter. The 5-11 right-handed batter had Guilford's fourth-highest batting average (.348) and ranked fourth on the club with 36 RBIs, the ODAC's 10th-best figure. A dean's list business management major, Burton is a four-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll and won the athletic department's George Wynne Most Improved Student-Athlete Award last month. Burton finished fifth on the team with 10 doubles and scored 34 runs. He had 14 games with at least two hits and ranked second on the club with 11 multiple-RBI contests. Burton banged out a career-high four hits and added three RBIs and a homer in the Quakers' Mar. 7 win at Lynchburg. The next day he went 3-4 with four runs scored, four RBIs, a double and two homers in Guilford's win over Vassar.
Lubel started 23 of Guilford's 40 games at shortstop and hit .159 with seven RBIs. He had two games with two or more hits and three multiple-RBI contests. His 58 chances in the field ranked third on the team. Lubel has the club's highest grade point average and is a three-time member of the Academic All-ODAC Team. A six-time dean's list student, Lubel is a business management and economics double major with a minor in money and finance. He received Guilford's Courtney Award for business management in 2004 and 2005 and a prestigious Dana Scholarship for character, scholarship and leadership.
The trio helped Coach Gene Baker's squad to a 24-17 overall record, the ninth-highest win total in Guilford history and their fourth straight 20-win season, a school record. The Quakers matched the Guilford standard with a 12-6 ODAC mark. Baker expects all three student-athletes among Guilford's 23 returning letter winners next year.