BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin baseball senior Oliver Van Zant (Westport, Conn.) has been named a District I First-Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Van Zant, who will be a three-time Academic All-NESCAC honoree, is an economics major who will graduate later this month.
The most decorated pitcher in the history of Bowdoin baseball, Van Zant has twice been named the NESCAC's Pitcher of the Year and, last week, received the school's Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award. His 267 career strikeouts are 80 more than any other pitcher in school history and he finishes his career with a 16-9 record and 2.65 ERA.
He enjoyed an exceptional senior campaign, allowing just seven earned runs in eight starts, striking out 57 batters over 53 innings while walking just nine. He also permitted just six extra-base hits all season as hitters batted a mere .181 against him. In addition, on April 13 against Colby he pitched just the second no-hitter in the 144-year history of Bowdoin baseball.
Van Zant and the Polar Bears finished the spring season with a record of 23-15 and their fourth-straight appearance in the NESCAC Tournament.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.1