SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –
Missouri State outfielder Alex Jefferson
was named to CoSIDA's Academic All-District VI Baseball Team for the second-consecutive year Thursday (May 4), in recognition of his combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Jefferson, a senior accounting major with a 3.97 grade-point average, has excelled both on and off the field throughout his four-year Missouri State career. The Normal, Ill., product has started 42 of the Bears' 44 games this spring, matching career bests with three home runs and six stolen bases to date. He helped spark MSU's 10-1 start to the season by reaching base safely via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in nine of the Bears' first 10 contests, then turned in a torrid seven-game stretch in March over which he hit .483 with four multi-hit outings and RBIs in five-straight games.
On Wednesday, Jefferson picked up the MVC's State Farm Good Neighbor Award in honor of his significant achievements both on and off the playing field. A CoSIDA Academic All-District VI and MVC First-Team Scholar-Athlete honoree last season, Jefferson is a three-time MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award-winner, as well as a Maroon and White Scholar-Athlete in each of the last three years.
Selected by the voting membership of CoSIDA, the organization's Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. Nominees must have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 for at least one academic year at his or her current institution and have participated in at least 50 percent of his or her team's games. Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.