IRVING, Texas — For the second consecutive year, WKU Baseball’s Kaleb Duckworth has
earned a spot on the InTouch Credit Union Conference USA All-Academic Team, the
league office announced Monday afternoon. Duckworth is one of four student-athletes
from 2016 who repeated the honors in 2017.
It is the second academic honor in the past month for the outfielder/designated
hitter, who earned CoSIDA Academic All-District II honors May 4. With All-District
II honors, Duckworth is eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot,
which will be announced at the beginning of June.
C-USA All-Academic nominees must be a starter or significant contributor to the team
while carrying at least a 3.3 grade point average, and Duckworth surely fits that
In the classroom, Duckworth boasts a top-tier 3.96 GPA while pursuing a degree in
Accounting. At the beginning of April, he earned Conference USA Academic Medal (3.75
GPA or higher) distinction for the third straight year.
The Henderson, Kentucky, native ranked third on WKU with seven homeruns and fourth
with 24 runs batted in. Duckworth led the season with 10 stolen bases in 11
attempts, starting in 41-of-55 games this season. He finished 2017 with four dingers
in his final 11 starts.
He provided the most exciting moment of the season, crushing a walk-off, two-run
homerun in the bottom of the ninth gave the Hilltoppers a dramatic 6-5 victory over
Valparaiso on Opening Day. On his 21st birthday Tuesday, May 2 vs. Eastern Kentucky,
the outfielder/designated hitter filled up the stat sheet by going 2-for-3 – while
also reaching base via walk and hit by pitch – stole two bases, scored three times
and drove in four.
Overall, the Hilltoppers finished with a cumulative 3.37 GPA for the WKU Spring
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