GBK: Price tabbed Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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Senior Becomes Fourth Straight Army Player to Earn the Honor

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Army senior standout Zach Price added another award to his burgeoning career resume on Wednesday as the Black Knights' second baseman was selected as the Patriot League Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Price, who was also named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the second year in a row, was recently selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 Baseball Team. In addition, he was named to the All-Patriot League first team for the third time in his career on Tuesday.

It marks the fourth consecutive season that an Army baseball player has won the conference's top academic award, the longest run by any school in the 22-year history of the Patriot League. It also signifies the eighth time an Army player has been named Patriot League Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the most of any conference school.

This season, Price leads the Patriot League with 44 runs scored, ranks third in the conference with 60 base hits and 14 stolen bases, and lists fifth in the league with a .323 batting average, a .426 on-base percentage and 25 walks.

Price currently ranks second all-time at Army with 167 runs scored, fifth in Academy history with 231 career base hits and sixth with 49 stolen bases. The Patriot League's all-time walks leader (123), Price is a three-time all-conference selection. The Cantonment, Fla., native earned first-team honors as a freshman, junior and senior, while winning Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors in 2009.

One of Army's co-captains, Price maintains a 3.732 grade point average in systems engineering. He has been named to the Dean's List every semester since arriving at the Academy. Price has also been tabbed a Distinguished Cadet following each semester for maintaining a GPA of 3.67 or higher.

Price has earned a spot on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll following each of his first three seasons at the Academy.

Bill Mullee was the first Black Knight to be presented with the award, taking home the hardware in 1996. Mike Scioletti followed by winning the honor in both 1997 and 1998. Schuyler Williamson became the third different Army player to earn the accolade when he won it in 2004. Tyler Anderegg captured the honor in 2009, and Ben Koenigsfeld earned it in both 2010 and 2011.

To be eligible for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his or her sport. Freshmen are not eligible for the honor.

The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, which will be announced this summer. One male and one female are selected for the honor.

Army (37-12) returns to action May 12-13 when the top-seeded Black Knights host fourth-seeded Lafayette (14-35-1) in a best-of-three Patriot League Tournament semifinal series at West Point's Doubleday Field. Second-seeded Holy Cross will host third-seeded Navy in the other semifinal series.

The winners of those semifinal matchups will advance to the Patriot League Championship Series the following weekend (May 19-20). The winner of the best-of-three Patriot League Championship Series will earn the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals. Army captured Patriot League championships in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2009.