Jeff Wine, a member of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball team, was recently selected to the Verizon Academic All-America Second Team in the College Division.
Wine, a senior outfielder from Bourbonnais, Illinois, compiled a .377 batting average as he played in all 51 games for the Cougars (35-16) this season. The former standout at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School recorded 63 hits, 11 doubles, six home runs, 37 runs batted in, and 12 stolen bases. He also led the team with 54 runs scored and a school record-tying eight triples. In addition, he committed just two errors in 96 fielding chances for a .979 fielding percentage.
Wine earned several honors for his performance on the field this season. He was named to the American Mideast Conference Second Team, the National Christian College Athletic Association East Region Team, and the NCCAA Honorable Mention All-American Team.
A Biology/Pre-Medicine major, Wine posted a 3.605 grade point average. He was named to the MVNC Dean's List (3.50 or higher) five semesters. He was a Verizon Academic All-District IV First Team selection in 2001 after making the All-District IV Second Team in both 1999 and 2000. He was also a two-time NAIA and NCCAA All-America Scholar-Athlete.
Wine becomes the fourth MVNC baseball player to be selected to a Verizon Academic All-American Team. He joins former Cougar stars Jeff Kuder (1988), Brad Nelson (1997), and Andy Heimbach (1999).
The Verizon Academic All-American Teams are selected by sports information directors from across the country. The College Division consists of student-athletes at NCAA II, III, and NAIA schools. A student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.20 grade point average or higher in order to be nominated.