RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College junior Joe Petosa (Spotswood, NJ/Spotswood) has been voted to the Capital One Academic All-America Division II Baseball third team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Petosa is the third Academic All-American in the history of Felician athletics. He is the first Golden Falcon baseball player to be so honored, as well as the first non-senior.
Petosa carries a 3.79 grade-point average as an accounting major. A 5-foot-10 outfielder, he played in 47 games this season, and batted .352 with three home runs, 38 runs scored, 33 runs batted in, 33 walks, and 14 stolen bases. He ranked in the top five in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) in both batting and on-base percentage (.462).
Petosa helped lead Felician (27-24, 16-4 CACC) to the CACC regular-season championship and a runner-up finish in the conference playoffs. The 2010 CACC Rookie of the Year, he is a three-time all-conference selection and earned second-team all-region honors in 2012. In just three seasons he is among Felician's top 10 all time in base hits (155).
Petosa joins Janelle Biamonte (2010 women's basketball first team) and Devon Young (2011 men's basketball second team) as Felician's only Academic All-Americans.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America Honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA Championship Sports. The entire set of 2012 Capital One Academic All America Division II Baseball Teams can be viewed at http://cosida.com/media/documents/2012/5/2012_CO_AAA_D2_BaseballTeam.pdf.