Aguilera, Johnson, Hinshaw Earn MVC Scholar-Athlete Recognition
June 4, 2013
ST. LOUIS - Eric Aguilera, Zac Johnson and Chad Hinshaw were named Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First-Team selections, as announced by the Valley office Monday. The three first-team selections were the most for any Missouri Valley Conference school.
Aguilera remained one of the most productive players in the Valley during his senior season. The Cary, Ill., native led Illinois State in nearly every offensive category, batting a team-best .346/.408/.524. He led the Redbirds in home runs (7), RBI (58), hits (80), total bases (121), while adding 14 doubles and three triples and was named First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference. Aguilera posted a fielding percentage of .978 and started all 58 games for the Redbirds in right field. The Management major has an accumulated grade-point average of 3.27.
Hinshaw concluded his Redbird career with a standout senior campaign. The Bloomington, Ill., product batted .298/.364/.434, starting all 58 games for ISU in center field. He knocked four home runs, tallied 11 doubles, added four triples and was the team-leader going 33-for-37 in stolen base attempts. He owns the ISU program record for most career stolen bases (108) and last year was named the Illinois State Doug Collins Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Hinshaw is a physical educations and owns a 3.64 grade-point average.
Johnson made 58 starts for Illinois State in 2013, batting .311/.388/.477 en route to a Missouri Valley Conference First-Team selection. He clubbed seven home runs, logged 47 RBI, added 14 doubles and knocked one triple. Johnson finished third on the team with 69 hits and scored 50 runs. In the classroom, Johnson has a 3.38 GPA and is majoring in biology.
The criteria for the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team voting parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves, with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average. Student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution and must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution.
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