May 3, 2013--Senior Mark Quaranta has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 2 First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today. Quaranta, a economics and business major with a 3.98 grade-point average, will now move on to the national ballot.
To be eligible for the team, which is voted on by CoSIDA members, a player must contribute significantly to his/her team and have a grade-point average of at least 3.30.
Quaranta currently ranks second on the Mount's baseball team with 22 RBIs and checks in third with 36 hits, while his 23 walks are good for first on the team and third in the NEC.
Last season, as an All-NEC Second Team catcher, Quaranta put together a .333 batting average with 64 hits, which were the sixth-most in single-season history. Also as a junior, he was named the 2012 NEC Scholar-Athlete for baseball and picked up his third-consecutive NEC Commissioner's Honor Roll and Academic Honor Roll accolades in the classroom.
On Monday, Quaranta won the Mount's Sheridan Award, given to the college student-athlete, who, through athletic and academic achievement, has exemplified the spirit and dedication demanded by intercollegiate athletics, and who, through such activity has fostered the ideals of Monsignor John L. Sheridan and Mount St. Mary's University.
Quaranta's performances on the diamond will be remembered as he ranks in the top 10 in Mount history in walks (2nd-73), hits (6th-177), games played (8th-173), at bats (8th-560) and doubles (8th-34).