Senior third baseman Bryan Lippincott of Concordia University, St. Paul leads the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A finance major with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A., Lippincott has been selected as the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for Division II baseball, the second consecutive time the Des Moines, Iowa native has received the award.
In 2011, Lippincott earned the Academic All-America of the Year award for the college division, which at the time spanned Division II, III and the NAIA. This year, the Capital One Division II Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspect for the 2011-12 Division II Academic All-America teams program.
The leading hitter in NCAA Division II with a .494 average, Lippincott is a consensus All-America First Team pick, earning notice from Daktronics (SID's), the ABCA (coaches) and the NCBWA (media). One of six finalists for the Tino Martinez Award which is presented to the top Division II player in the nation, Lippincott is second in the nation in on-base percentage (.594) and third in slugging percentage (.864).
A starter in all 46 games for the Golden Bears, Lippincott scored 49 runs while hitting 19 doubles with four triples and 10 home runs with 52 runs batted in. A repeat selection on the Capital One Division II Academic All-America First Team, he finished his career with a .428 batting average, setting a school record. He also set records for doubles (63), triples (12) and runs scored (170). His 254 base hits are the second-highest total in school history. He also smashed 28 home runs with 165 runs batted in during his career.
Lippincott is the only player to earn back-to-back Capital One Academic All-America First Team selections, while UC-San Diego pitcher Elias Tuma, a Second Team pick in 2012, joined Lippincott on the 2011 Academic All-America First Team.