June 29, 2015
Tech duo named to the ACC Baseball All-Academic Team
Payne and Woodcock make it 10 straight years with at least two Hokies on squad

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech players Erik Payne and Jon Woodcock were among the 50 ACC student-athletes named to the 2015 ACC Baseball All-Academic Team as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

With the multiple selections, it marks the 10th straight year the Hokies have had at least two members selected to the squad, with the 2007 team still ranking with the most ever at five. Tech is one of 10 ACC schools this season to have at least two players make the team.

Payne, a Richmond, Virginia native, makes the team for the first time, but academic teams are nothing new to Payne, who graduated in the spring with a degree in finance. This season, he became the first Hokie to be named an Academic All-American (second team) since 2004 and had been a three-time SEC honor roll member before he transferred to Tech.

Woodcock, a redshirt-junior pitcher from Ojai, California, makes the team for the second time – his second full season at Tech. This is his second academic honor of this season, as well, as he received the 2015 Skelton Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics – the highest designation handed out by the Tech athletics department.

Only eight other Hokies have ever made a repeat appearance on the All-ACC academic team, and Woodock has a chance next season to be one of four to make it three times. Next academic year, Woodcock, who has already earned a bachelor’s degree from Tech, will be pursuing a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering.

The ACC’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year was David Thompson of Miami. The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete, regardless of classification, must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. To view the entire team, click here.

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