SEWARD, Neb. – A program record haul of Academic All-District® Team selections came in pouring in on Thursday (May 14) for Concordia University Baseball. Sophomore Jesse Garcia, junior Nick Little and senior Thomas Sautel were each recognized with all-district accolades, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Bulldog honorees were placed in District 3 of the NAIA.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District® Baseball Teams have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. For more information about the Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit http://cosida.com. Due to the shortening of the 2020 season, career statistics were considered for these honors.
As a sophomore in 2018, Little was also honored by CoSIDA as both an Academic All-District and All-America selection. Named the 2018 GPAC Pitcher of the Year, Little was on track for another big season this spring. In four 2020 starts, the native of Lithia, Fla., went 4-0 with a 1.32 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. He fired a seven-inning no-hitter against Waldorf (Iowa) on Feb. 29. Over 188.2 career collegiate innings, Little owns a 2.96 ERA and 156 strikeouts and sports an impressive 19-5 record. Little is a business administration major.
Garcia has become the premier power hitter in the Concordia lineup. When the 2020 season ended, the El Cajon, Calif., native led the GPAC with seven home runs. This spring, he also hit .296 with a .373 on-base percentage, .662 slugging percentage, five doubles and 21 RBIs. In his career with the Bulldogs, Garcia has slugged 15 home runs and owns a .299 batting average and .557 slugging percentage. He was chosen as a second team All-GPAC choice in 2019. Garcia majors in criminal justice.
Sautel did not have the fortune of a full senior season, but he made a considerable impact upon the program after transferring in via Indiana Wesleyan. Also an NAIA Scholar-Athlete, Sautel played in 93 career games at Concordia and hit .333 with a .408 on-base percentage and .461 slugging percentage. He also totaled 14 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 59 RBIs. The native of Littleton, Colo., garnered second team All-GPAC accolades in 2018 when he hit .371. Sautel earned a degree in business administration from Concordia.
Prior to this season, Little (2018), Jake Adams (2017) and Jaydee Jurgensen (2015) represented the program with CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades.
Honorees selected first-team Academic All-District® will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. Academic AllAmerica® honorees will be announced from June 8-11.