WISE, Va. - UVa-Wise junior baseball players Kirk Jennings and Justin Wilson were named an NAIA Academic All-American for the 2011-2012 academic year. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be at least a junior while maintaining at least a 3.5 grade point average. In addition, the student must be in good standing with his or her academic institution while being a contributor in the sport they play.
Jennings started 36 games for the Cavaliers in 2012 while hitting .269 and driving in 17 runs. The Colonial Heights, Virginia native is a mathematics major where he has posted a 3.56 grade point average to this point. Jennings is currently on pace to graduate next May.
Fellow junior Justin Wilson had a spectacular year on the mound for UVa-Wise. The St. Paul, Virginia product posted a 2.43 earned run average while striking out 59 opposing hitters and limiting the opposition to a .208 batting average against. Wilson is a health and physical education major and has posted a 3.52 grade point average during his time at UVa-Wise. Like Jennings, Wilson is on pace to graduate with his degree next May.