LEXINGTON, Va. — The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its 2019 Google Cloud Division III Academic All-District Baseball squads on May 9, and Washington and Lee junior right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) was selected to the 10-member District 5 team as one of the three outfielders chosen.
An economics and geology double-major, Monson earned his first career All-ODAC honor this year, a third team selection, after leading the Generals with a .367 batting average on a team-high 51 hits in 139 at-bats. His average currently ranks ninth in the ODAC, and he drove in a team-best 28 runs this year. Monson got on base at a .416 clip, second highest on the team, and notched a team-high .482 slugging percentage. His .367 batting average helped the team finish the season with a .301 batting average, the highest mark since the 2013 squad hit .313 for the year.
The junior began the 2019 campaign with a 14-game hitting streak, the longest stretch of the season among his teammates. A starter in right field for all 34 games in 2019, Monson hit safely in 31 contests this season and tallied multiple hits in 15 games, including three or more hits on four occasions.
Defensively, Monson was not only one of the best fielders for the Generals, but one of the top defenders in the conference. He is currently one of 11 players in the ODAC with a perfect fielding percentage, while his 92 total chances is third among the players who have yet to commit an error. Monson also displayed a strong arm in right field, throwing out five runners this season.
This marks Monson's first time receiving the academic honor and he is the first W&L baseball player to be named to the Academic All-District squad since Keegan Dolan '14 in 2014. Monson will move onto the national ballot where he has a chance at earning Academic All-America honors.
The criteria for the Google Cloud Academic All-District program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve and claim a GPA of at least a 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District 5, which includes players from Division III schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
The Generals finished the 2019 season 14-20 overall and 8-14 in the ODAC.
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