Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan’s Daniel Jipping has been named to the Academic All-America Second Team.
Jipping, a junior from Canton, is a finance major who carries a 3.94 grade point average. The three All-America teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, are comprised of 33 players representing Division I institutions from across the country.
Jipping is the 12th Chippewa to earn Academic All-America honors, and the first since Tyler Stovall was named to the third team in 2008. Stovall, an outfielder, is the only player in program history to earn Academic All-America honors twice. He was named to the second team in 2007.
“Obviously when a young man has a 3.94 grade point average and is also a really good player, it says a lot for what you’re trying to bring in to the university and your program,” CMU coach Steve Jaksa. “It also says a lot about what college athletics is all about. It’s difficult to carry that kind of academic load and excel on the field. That’s a great credit to Daniel and his parents and his upbringing.
“His combination of skill sets, athletically and academically, puts him amongst the best players in the country.”
Jipping, the Chippewas’ cleanup hitter, started 57 of CMU’s 59 games this season, hitting .309 with 11 home runs and 61 RBI. He led the Chippewas in all three categories. He also led the team with 17 doubles and in slugging (.560 percent) and on-base (.422).
Jipping was named to the All-MAC First Team last season. He has earned all-conference accolades in each of his three seasons at CMU.
Jipping is one of just two players from a Mid-American Conference school to earn Academic All-America honors. Ball State outfielder Caleb Stayton was named to the first team.