BLUFFTON — Bluffton University senior Tim Webb has been named Third Team Academic All-America by CoSida. Webb, a health and physical education major with a 3.72 GPA, was named First Team Academic All-District which placed him on the ballot. A four-year starter behind the plate for the Beavers, Webb was also a three-time Academic All-HCAC performer.
He is just the fourth Bluffton athlete, the third in the last four years, and first-ever baseball player to be named Academic All-America. Jenna Eshleman was a First Team volleyball selection in 2011, while Thomas Gingrich (football in 2012) and Sara Betts (softball in 2004) earned Second Team Academic All-America honors. Webb was the only Heartland Conference baseball player to be honored as an Academic All-American this season.
To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form. No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.