PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers seniors Graig Badger (Union, NJ) and Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ) have each been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) 2004 Academic All-District II University Division Baseball Team. It is the first time in program history that two players have earned First Team All-District honors in the same season.
The 2004 award marks Badger’s second honor in as many years. He has accumulated a 3.332 GPA, while majoring in finance with a minor in philosophy. On the field, Badger, a second baseman, is hitting .367 with a team-best .514 on-base percentage as the Scarlet Knights’ leadoff hitter. He ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in batting, and is the only player in the league with an on-base percentage over .500. The All-American candidate also ranks among the conference leaders in hits (ninth), runs (fourth), stolen bases (third) and walks (first). After swiping 23 bases this season, he sits just five stolen bases shy of tying Doug Alongi’s career school record of 85 stolen bases, set from 1991-1993.
Cerulo, a finance major and psychology minor, owns a 3.542 cumulative GPA. He is currently hitting .339 with seven doubles, four triples and four home runs. The centerfielder missed the beginning of the season with an injury but returned in early March and has been a key contributor for Rutgers, starting 35 games this season. His four triples rank fourth in the BIG EAST. Cerulo has driven in 21 runs this season and has been successful on 10 of 11 stolen base attempts.
Both Badger and Cerulo will receive their college degrees at graduation ceremonies scheduled for next Thursday, May 20.
To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. He must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at the institution and must have completed at least one full academic year at the institution. CoSIDA’s District II covers Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.