Senior Matt Erickson - 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete
Senior Matt Erickson - 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete
Baseball - Thu, Jun. 2, 2011

Lewiston, Idaho - Senior third baseman Matt Erickson (Oak Lawn, Ill./Richards) was named a 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athlete for the spring season when the honors were released by the NAIA national office Thursday in conjunction with the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor. Erickson was one of just 228 NAIA baseball scholar-athletes in the nation to meet the criteria and earn the prestigious honor.

"Matt has always worked hard both on the field and in the classroom throughout his career here at Saint Xavier University, so this recognition comes as no surprise," said SXU baseball coach Mike Dooley. "He has been a wonderful person to work with and coach over these last four years. I have no doubts that he will find success in whatever endeavors he pursues after college."

Erickson finished the 2011 campaign with the Cougars' third-best batting average at .385 (40-for-104) despite playing in only 30 of the team's 56 games due to injury. He also tallied eight doubles, a triple and a pair of homers with 19 RBI and 15 runs scored. Saint Xavier finished the season with an overall record of 28-27-1 and finished third in the South Division of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) with a 19-11 mark.