WILMINGTON, North Carolina – With a big conference series against Northeastern opening tonight at Brooks Field, two Diamond Hawks have been recognized for their efforts in the classroom.

Senior Michael Bass and junior Ryan LaGrange, both infielders, have been selected  as All-District performers in the Capital One Academic All-American program administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Seahawk standouts were named First-Team All-District III, which includes NCAA Division I schools in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

“We’re very proud of Michael and Ryan,” said Melissa Lewis, UNCW’s Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support Services.  “They not only are outstanding athletes, but also work hard in the classroom and take pride in their academic achievements.”

Bass, selected to the Golden Spikes Award Watch list this week, leads the Seahawks and ranks sixth nationally with a robust  .426 batting average. He also ranks in the nation’s top-10 in runs scored, runs per game and on base average. A product of Fairmont, N.C., Bass owns a 3.47 cumulative grade point average and will graduate next weekend with a degree in Business and a concentration in accounting.

LaGrange, a Wilmington native who played at E.A. Laney High School, gained a foothold in the lineup this season and has made the most of his opportunity, hitting a career-high .385 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 29 runs batted in.  LaGrange lifted the Seahawks to a 2-1 victory over Stony Brooks  earlier this season with a dramatic home run - the first of his career - leading off in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The last Seahawk to earn Academic All-District honors was Matt Poulk in 2006. The talented third baseman also collected CAA Baseball Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year accolades.

Bass and LaGrange now advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team Ballot, where First, Second and Third-Team Capital One Academic All-America honorees will be selected later this month.