Ben Buerkle (Roseville, Minn.) closed out an illustrious baseball career as the Cardinals’ all-time career leader in nine different categories—not to mention holding three single-season school records. Buerkle shined in the classroom as well and was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) 2017 Division III Academic All-America® second team.

In each of the previous two years Buerkle has received third team Academic All-America® honors. The national honor for athletic and academic excellence was just the latest in a long line of post-season accolades for Buerkle—who graduated in May with a 3.78 GPA as a double-major in Business Management and Finance.

Buerkle and 40 other Saint Mary’s winter/spring sports student-athletes also received Academic All-Conference recognition from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for maintaining grade point averages above 3.5.