AUSTIN, Texas — For the second consecutive year, it is a three-peat for WKU
Baseball’s Kaleb Duckworth in the classroom, as the junior earned 2017 CoSIDAAcademic All-America Third Team honors, it was announced Friday.
This news came on the heels of Duckworth being named to the InTouch Credit Union
Conference USA All-Academic Team 10 days ago and the CoSIDA Academic All-District II
Team in early May. The Henderson, Kentucky, native earned all three in 2016 as well,
making him the lone student-athlete in the league to do so.
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
bill. In the classroom, he boasts a top-tier 3.96 GPA while pursuing a degree in
Accounting. At the beginning of April, he earned C-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, Duckworth is one of 33 in Division I Baseball to receive a spot on the
First, Second or Third Team squads, and among those only one of eight to be honored
for a second time in their career. He is one of five Accounting majors in the group
and one of 11 with at least a 3.95 grade point average.
In terms of WKU history, it was the eighth time a Hilltopper has made the
prestigious merit since 2009, while Duckworth only the second student-athlete (Matt
Rice in 2009, 2010 and 2011) to earn CoSIDA All-America honors multiple times in a
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