Cumberland’s Chris Hall and Sam Lind were voted first team Capitol One Academic All-Americans on the College Division baseball team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) this week.
The Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Baseball Team is comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
Hall and Lind were first team All-Mid-South Conference selections for the Bulldogs, who will play for the program’s third national championship tonight in Lewiston, Idaho.
Hall graduated in three years from Cumberland this month with a 3.99 grade-point-average in accounting. The Lebanon native is batting .397 heading into Friday’s contest with 11 doubles, three triples, 38 RBIs and 74 runs scored from his leadoff spot. The Friendship Christian-graduate also has 41 walks and has been hit 19 times while adding 12 stolen bases. Hall was the 2013 Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year and a first team All-MSC selection last season as well.
He will play his final Cumberland game tonight in the NAIA national championship game. Hall plans to enroll in the MBA program at Lipscomb University, where he will have two years of eligibility with the Bisons.
This is unusual for the Bulldogs since the junior-college days when the program routinely sent players to Division I. But since the school returned to four-year status in the mid-1980s, Cumberland has welcomed many transfers from D-I, D-II or junior colleges but has seen scant few leave to play elsewhere.
“He’s been an exceptional player for us, an exceptional person, an exceptional student,” Cumberland coach Woody Hunt said of Hall. “There’s a chance he’ll be drafted.
“It’s an unusual situation. He’s heart’s here. But it’s best for him academic-wise. I hope he gets a chance to play professionally.”
Tonight will also mark the final college game for Lind, who leads the nation in hits (108), total bases (179) and RBI (91) while ranking third in home runs (16). The Hartford, S.D., native is batting .403 this season with 17 doubles, three triples and 64 runs scored along with 11 stolen bases and 29 walks.
The fifth-year senior who came to Cumberland from Vanderbilt has been tremendous for the club during the NAIA World Series, batting .545 (12-for-22) with three doubles, two homers, 12 RBIs and six runs scored. He was 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs versus Oklahoma Baptist on Tuesday and followed that with a 5-for-5 effort with a double and a three-run home run against Lewis-Clark State on Wednesday.
Lind was a first team All-TranSouth selection as a junior before missing the 2013 season with an injury. He holds a 3.56 GPA in graduate school in business administration.