Palumbo Named CAA Scholar-Athlete for Baseball
Posted: July 1, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
George Mason junior shortstop Jeff Palumbo has been named the recipient of the inaugural Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Scholar-Athlete Award for baseball. Beginning this year, the CAA is honoring one scholar-athlete in each of its 21 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on his or her team and must meet the Verizon Academic All-America criteria of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.200. The recipients were selected by a vote of the sports information directors at each CAA institution.
Palumbo is the first George Mason student-athlete to earn the award. Through the fall 2002 semester, the administration of justice major had a 3.610 grade point average. Palumbo had been selected for the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (minimum 3.000 GPA) in each of his five semesters, and he twice had earned a spot on the Dean’s List (minimum 3.500 GPA). He also was named as a CAA Scholar-Athlete in each of his first two years as a Patriot.
On the playing field, Palumbo has been selected as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year, to the All-CAA second team, and to the All-Virginia first team in 2003. Chosen as the CAA’s best defensive shortstop in a preseason coaches poll by Baseball America, he did not disappoint. He committed only seven errors in 248 chances for a .972 fielding percentage, and he made just one error in 107 chances in 22 contests against CAA opponents (.991 percentage). Palumbo finished the season with a 24-game errorless streak and his 163 assists ranked second in the conference. Offensively, the switch-hitter had another solid season as he batted .310 with five home runs and 36 runs batted in.