AUSTIN, Texas – For a second straight year, Ohio Dominican senior first baseman Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American list, earning First Team honors this spring, while junior catcher Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) picked up Third Team All-American accolades.
The award, sponsored by Google Cloud, is voted on by sports information directors across the country.
Last season, Childers was a Second Team Academic All-American, and he is one of just six student-athletes to repeat as an Academic All-American this spring. Childers carries a 3.46 GPA in Finance & Economics.
Childers capped off an excellent career by hitting .407 this spring in 50 games played, registering 20 doubles, five triples, 13 homers, 48 RBIs and 76 runs scored. He walked 45 times and was hit by 10 pitches against just 30 strikeouts, good for a .540 OBP, and also slugged .786 while stealing seven bases.
This spring, he finished with 25 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBI games. Childers had a season-long 14 game hitting streak and also reached base safely in 38 straight games.
He earned four career Midwest Region Player of the Year awards, including from the D2CCA this spring, and picked up both the G-MAC and GLIAC Player of the Year honors in his career. Last spring, he was a consensus Second Team All-American and a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award as the best player in Division II after leading the country in batting average and slugging percentage while ranking fifth in OBP.
For his career, Childers played in 195 games, amassing a .375 lifetime batting average (259-for-691) with 52 doubles, 13 triples, 35 homers, and 170 RBIs. He scored 213 runs, drew 111 walks, stole 34 bases, had a .468 OBP and a .640 slugging percentage for the Panthers.
Kaucher, a Business Administration major with a 3.69 GPA, had an electric year at the plate, hitting .430 in 47 games played with eight homers, 12 doubles, four triples and 66 RBIs. He also scored 54 runs, had a .514 on-base percentage, and slugged .676, while only striking out 15 times in 179 at bats, against 26 walks and eight hit by pitches.
He had 27 multi-hit games and 17 multi-RBI games, took a 23 game hitting streak into the NCAA Tournament, and also had a stretch of reaching base safely in 36 straight games. Facing some of the best pitching in the region, he batted .440 in the NCAA Tournament (11-for-25) with a homer and seven RBIs and had a stretch of reaching base safely in 15 straight plate appearances in the tournament.
In 140 career games played, he's batting .368 with 12 homers, 33 doubles, 132 RBIs, 107 runs scored, a .445 OBP and a .525 slugging percentage.
Ohio Dominican concluded its season with a 36-17 record, reaching the championship round of the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament. The Panthers were ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation this spring.
Contact: Scott Miles