May 12, 2000

Zachry, Marini Named to Academic All-District Team

Drew Zachry (Cheverly, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt High) and Marc Marini (Monmouth Jct., N.J./South Brunswick) have been selected to the 2000 GTE Academic All-America College Division District II Baseball Team.

Zachry, a senior pitcher, right fielder and designated hitter, had arguably the finest offensive season in school history in 2000, setting five season school records: batting average (.442), slugging percentage (.725), hits (61), RBI (49) and runs (46). He led the team in home runs (6), triples (5) and stolen bases (13) and was second in doubles (11), walks (25) and on-base percentage (.518). He started all 39 games and struck out just five times in 138 at-bats.

Zachry, who graduates with a degree in physics, has a 3.2 grade-point average. He had a tryout with the Texas Rangers on May 6 and will have a tryout this weekend in front of major league scouts and members of the independent Frontier League.

Marini, a junior second baseman, led the Cardinals in walks (41) and on-base percentage (.541). He was second in hitting (.349), runs (45), triples (3) sacrifice hits (5), hit by pitch (6) and stolen bases (12). He started 36 of his 37 games and had eight doubles, 19 RBI and a slugging percentage of .477. He is majoring in psychology and carries a 3.6 GPA.

To be nominated for Academic All-America, a player must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve. The team, which is chosen by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and sponsored by GTE, recognizes both academic and athletic achievement. District II includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Athletes named to the district team qualify for the national ballot, with that team announced June 6.