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Three Flames Earn District 3 Academic Honors

May 8, 2008
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Liberty senior David Giammaresi was one of three Flames named to Academic All-District III teams.

Liberty senior David Giammaresi was one of three Flames named to Academic All-District III teams.

Liberty Flames David Giammaresi, Clarence Nicely and Errol Hollinger have been named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District III teams for their excellence in the classroom and on the baseball diamond.

Giammaresi was selected as a second-team member, while Nicely and Hollinger were third-team honorees.

Giammaresi, a senior, is finishing his Liberty career with his best season. The Coral
Springs, Fla,, native entered the week fourth in the Big South Conference in hitting with a .344 batting average and in doubles with 16. The first baseman also is ninth in the conference in slugging percentage (.563) and 10th in on-base percentage (.408). He has 34 RBIs, 33 runs scored and five home runs. In 2007, he was named to the All-Big South second team as a third baseman.

Academically, Giammaresi has excelled in the classroom. Currently pursuing a MBA, he graduated in May 2007 with a degree in sport management with a 3.67 GPA. Last season, he was named to the 2007 Big South All-Academic baseball team. As an undergrad, Giammaresi earned Dean's List mention six times and was a four-time member of Big South Presidential Honor Roll. In 2007, he was named Liberty University Sport Management Student of the Year.

Nicely, a junior, is in his first season in a Liberty uniform after transferring from Auburn in 2006. The right-hander from Milton, W.Va., has posted a 4-1 mark with a 6.39 ERA. He has struck out 48 batters and walked 32 on the season. Last night, the junior struck out a career-high 10 hitters over 5 1/3 innings in a 7-6 victory at Virginia Tech.

Academically, Nicely has a 4.0 GPA in criminal justice and has been named to the Dean's List all three semesters at Liberty. In addition, he is a member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll and earned Southeastern Conference Academic Honor mention twice.

Hollinger, also a junior, began the week third in the Big South with 50 runs scored. The catcher is also tied for eighth in the conference with 99 total bases. On the defensive side, he has allowed the fewest passed balls among Big South catchers with only two this season and is second in the Big South with 20 baserunners caught stealing. For the year, Hollinger is hitting .310 with 34 RBIs and is tied for the team lead in home runs with seven.

Academically, the junior has posted a 3.68 GPA in sport management. He has earned Dean's List honors each of his seven academic semesters and has also been named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll twice.

The trio of academic honorees and the rest of the Liberty Flames travel to Farmville, Va., on Saturday for a non-conference doubleheader with the Longwood Lancers. The first game is scheduled for 3 p.m.