Nebraska Wesleyan University had two baseball players named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Junior first baseman Beau Kelly was a First-Team Academic All-American® and senior shortstop Josh Ostrom was named to the Academic All-America® Second Team.
Kelly and Ostrom become the first NWU baseball players to earn Academic All-America® recognition since 2003 and just the sixth and seventh players in school history to earn the award.
Kelly, a Colorado Springs, Colo., native had a 3.92 GPA as a double major in business administration and history. Kelly was a First-Team All-GPAC selection at first base this season in his second season as the starting first baseman for the Prairie Wolves. He batted .385 with 45 hits, nine doubles, three home runs and 28 RBI. During conference play he hit .458. Kelly also set the school record with 276 putouts this season.
Ostrom, a Fremont, Neb., native had a 3.80 GPA as an exercise science major. Ostrom was a four-year starter at shortstop for the Prairie Wolves and set the school record for games played with 150. He was named Second-Team All-GPAC this season to become a four-time All-Conference selection. As a senior, the Fremont H.S., graduate played in all 42 games and led the Prairie Wolves with 32 RBI. He was also the top pitcher on the team going 6-4 with a 2.29 ERA.
Nebraska Wesleyan University now has produced 123 Academic All-Americans® to rank 10th among all schools at all levels in the number of Academic All-Americans®. This season, NWU has had 13 Academic All-Americans®
The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® baseball teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.