W&L's Madden Selected to Academic All-District Team

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Washington and Lee senior outfielder James Madden (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) has been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District III Baseball Second Team, which was released Thursday.

Madden, who earned first-team honors each of the past two years, was selected as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's Scholar Athlete of the Year for baseball this season. A second-team all-conference pick in 2008, he owns a grade-point-average in excess of 3.8, while majoring in both Spanish and American history. He was also inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society this winter.

On the diamond this spring, Madden started all 34 games and owned a .341 batting average (45-132). He also racked up a team-best 13 doubles, a school-record seven triples and three homeruns, along with 36 RBI. A four-year letterwinner and Second Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-Region pick as a sophomore, he concludes his career as W&L's all-time leader in triples (16).

The Generals completed the 2008 season with a 22-12 record, marking their 10th-straight winning campaign. The program also notched over 20 wins for the sixth season in that last 10 years.

The criteria for the CoSIDA Academic All-District program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve, and claim a GPA of at least a 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District III, which includes players from small colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.