CHICAGO – Senior first baseman Thomas Keating (Chicago, Ill./Joliet JC/St. Laurence) represented the Saint Xavier University baseball team when the list of 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athletes was released by the NAIA national office Wednesday afternoon. Keating is an accounting major at SXU and carries a 3.65 cumulative grade-point average (GPA). In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, 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. He was one of 257 baseball student-athletes nationwide to earn the distinction.
"This type of award means a great deal to me as both an educator and coach, because it highlights the academic efforts of a student-athlete," said Saint Xavier University baseball coach Mike Dooley. "Thomas had a great career with us for three years and I have no doubt that he will have a very successful future."
Keating started 49 games at first base for the Cougars this past season. He hit .299 (56-for-187) with a team-leading 15 doubles and 37 RBI. Keating also was a solid defensive presence for the team racking up a fielding percentage of .983 behind 384 putouts and 21 assists with only seven errors.
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