PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (06/05/01) - St. Joseph's University seniors Kevin Kirkby and Jim Reilly have been named to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-America Baseball First Team. The duo becomes just the fifth and sixth athletes and the first teammates in SJU history to be recognized as first-team Academic All-Americans. A four-year starter at second base, Kirkby had a stellar career, both on and off the diamond. The Riverdale, NJ native (Pascack Valley HS) owns 10 school records, most notably hits, runs saves and games played for both a season and a career. A preseason third team All-America selection heading into his senior campaign, Kirkby twice earned All-Atlantic 10 first team honors while being named the NCBWA District I Player of the Year as a senior and earning ECAC Player of the Year as a junior in 2000. That year he batted .424 for the season, ranking 19th nationally, while stroking 24 doubles (15th in the nation). Off the field, Kirkby compiled a 3.48 cumulative grade point average as a mathematics major. He was a second team Academic All-America as a junior. He also was a three-time Academic All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection. A chemistry major with a 3.96 cumulative grade point average, Reilly epitomizes the term student-athlete. Like Kirkby, he was recognized as a Second Team Academic All-American as a junior in addition to receiving this year's honor. The native of Pittsburgh, Pa. (Seton-LaSalle HS) was also named to the Academic All-District team for the third straight year and the Academic All-Atlantic 10 team for the second time. This season he hit a career-high .352 with 13 doubles and 26 RBI. A member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the premedical honors society, he has been accepted into the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for the fall. Kirkby and Reilly joined basketball standouts Susan Moran (second team) and Bill Phillips (third team), who were recognized as Academic All-Americans during the winter season. This marked the first time in SJU history that four student-athletes were recognized during the same academic year. The Verizon Academic All-America teams are selected by a vote of a national panel of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
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