May 31, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Coastal Carolina senior Justin Creel was named a third team Capital One Academic All-America, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Creel, who was eligible for the award thanks to earning first team Academic All-District 4, has been the recipient of numerous academic honors this spring and becomes the third Chanticleer in four years to earn the prestigious honor, joining first team selections Austin Fleet (2010) and Tucker Frawley (2012).
The Baton Rouge, La., native graduated summa cum laude from Coastal Carolina with a perfect 4.0 in biology and he has been accepted to medical school.
Creel was awarded the George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence, the top academic honor given by the Big South Conference, and the President's Award for Academic Excellence, Coastal Carolina University's most prestigious honor. He was additionally voted the Big South Baseball co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as Academic All-Big South. Among his peers, Creel was voted Coastal Carolina's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In two years at Coastal - spending his first two at Northeast Texas Community College, Creel was a four-time President's List honoree (posting a 4.0 for a semester) and twice made the Big South Presidential Honor Roll (posting at least a 3.0 for an academic year).
Creel played in 32 games this season, starting 21 of those contests, at first and second base. While he batted just .222, he posted a .337 on-base percentage thanks to 12 walks. Coastal is 7-2 in games which Creel started at first base and the team was 9-2 when Creel was batting in the seventh spot in the lineup. Also, Creel is one of the team's most productive players in terms of advancing baserunners as he does so 50.9 percent of the time. That type of success has led to him posting three game-winning RBI this season and seven for his career.
Last season, Creel played and started in 58 games and helped the Chants win both the Big South regular season and tournament titles. He batted .259 with 2 RBI and an impressive .378 on-base percentage, drawing 33 walks and getting hit by eight pitches. He additionally ranked among the NCAA leaders with 12 sacrifice bunts.