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Benton Moss Named First Team Academic All-American

Benton Moss Named First Team Academic All-American

UNC senior pitcher Benton Moss was selected to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-American first team on Thursday—the first Tar Heel baseball player to earn the honor since current New York Yankee pitcher Adam Warren in 2009.

A Morehead Scholar double majoring in business and economics, Moss has already received other prestigious awards for his educational pursuits—such as the Jim Tatum Memorial Award, given to one UNC varsity student-athlete per year for excelling in athletics and academics, and the ACC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Although he was chosen in the 15th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the defending world champion San Francisco Giants, Moss opted to come back to Chapel Hill this year to finish his degree–and for one last shot at college glory on the diamond.

Despite the team’s struggles in 2015, Moss posted a 7-1 record on the mound, with a 3.44 ERA in 13 starts. He also moved into second on the all-time school strikeout list, becoming one of just four men in UNC history to strike out more than 300 hitters.

Academic All-American honors are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America and are based on athletic and academic achievement.

Moss was the only ACC player to be named to the first team.

He was profiled here on before the season. You can find that story here.

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