Greenwood, Ind. – Transylvania baseball junior infielder Hudson Chastain was named to the Academic All-America Third Team for Division III baseball by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.
Chastain, a junior from Knoxville, Tennessee (Christian Academy of Knoxville), followed up his first career selection to a CoSIDA Academic All-District team last month by earning his first selection to an Academic All-America team, becoming the first Pioneer baseball player to do so in seven seasons.
Despite the cancellation of college baseball in spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CoSIDA continued its sponsorship of the annual Academic All-America awards program. For the 2020 season, student-athletes were selected based upon career statistics, including production in the abbreviated 11-game 2020 season for the Pioneer baseball team.
The CoSIDA Academic All-American Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and on the field of competition.
After a record-setting sophomore campaign in 2019, Chastain picked up from where he left off this spring in charting a promising 6-5 record for the 2020 edition of the Pioneers.
Starting and appearing in all 11 contests for Transylvania, Chastain led the Pioneers in batting average, hitting .447. The junior ranked third on the team in on-base percentage (.480), and fourth on the team in slugging percentage (.596).
Chastain's batting average placed the junior in the top-5 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in that category while leading the conference in runs batted in with 15 total. The junior recorded at least one hit in 10 of 11 games in the 2020 season and finished the year with four consecutive games of three hits or more.
His brief yet prolific junior season followed a sophomore season that set the standard for Pioneer baseball players past and present.
In 2019, Chastain shattered the Pioneer single-season hits record, lashing 70 hits while batting .409 to lead the HCAC in both categories. In his 2019 season, Chastain also led the Pioneers in on-base-percentage (.457), slugging percentage (.480), and put together a 23-game hitting streak dating back to the end of his 2018 season.
As a sophomore, Chastain was second on the Pioneers in walks with 15 and third on the team in stolen bases. Chastain earned his way onto the 2019 All-HCAC First Team as he guided the Pioneers back to the HCAC Tournament for the first time in three years. Chastain was an All-HCAC Honorable Mention selection in his freshman season of 2018.
Over his three-year career, Chastain has appeared in 90 games, hitting .369 with 134 total hits, 21 doubles, three triples, 44 walks drawn, and 76 runs batted in with 28 stolen bases.
An accounting major and history minor, Chastain has equaled his on-field production in the classroom and in co-curricular realms. The junior has produced a 3.94 cumulative GPA and recorded a 4.0 GPA in his most recent semester. Chastain also serves as the Student-Athlete Advisory (SAAC) Co-President and will reprise that role for the 2020-2021 academic year. Chastain is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the Transylvania Accounting Club, and serves as the Dean of Students for the Student Advisory Council.
Chastain is one of 33 student-athletes across all three Division III teams to be named an Academic All-American and one of two players from a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team. He is one of 12 infielders to earn selection onto one of the Academic All-American teams and has the third-highest GPA of his fellow peers on the Third Team.
Chastain is the second Transylvania student-athlete to win a CoSIDA Academic All-America award within the last two academic years and the fourth Pioneer to do so over the last decade. He is the first Transylvania baseball student-athlete to earn Academic All-American honors since Ben Kuebbing in 2013 (First Team - DH).
Last month, Chastain was also awarded the first CoSIDA Academic All-District Team award of his career and was one of three Transylvania student-athletes in the 2019-2020 season to achieve that level of honors.
Visit CoSIDA.com for more information on the Academic All-America program and the full list of winners.