June 12, 2000

Zachry, Marini Named Academic All-American

Drew Zachry (Cheverly, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt High) has been selected to the 2000 GTE Academic All-America Baseball Third Team.

A senior pitcher, right fielder and designated hitter, Zachry had arguably the finest offensive season in school history in 2000, setting five season school records: batting average (.442), slugging percentage (.725), hits (61), RBIs (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 graduated with a degree in physics, qualified for national recognition by first being named to the 2000 GTE Academic All-America College Division District II Baseball Team in May. A three-time first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference selection, he won the Harris Cup as the university's senior male scholar-athlete. For his career, he hit .387 with 12 home runs, 115 RBIs and 116 runs.

The Cardinals, under 15-year Head Coach Ross Natoli, were 22-16-1 (.577) in 2000. It was the fifth time they have won 20 or more games in the past eight years.

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.