Shrum honored as CoSIDA Academic All-American first team selection

26 Th11 2021 | 03:42

RENO, Nev. – After being named a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree earlier this month, former Nevada first baseman Dillan Shrum has been selected to the 2021 Academic All-American Division I Baseball First Team.

Shrum is Nevada’s first Academic All-American selection since Lucas Weber of the Wolf Pack football team earned a first team selection in 2019. He is the Pack’s first baseball selection since Brooks Klein received second team honors in 2013. Shrum is the 19th Wolf Pack student-athlete to earn Academic All-American honors from CoSIDA in the history of the department, and is the fifth baseball student-athlete.

Last year Shrum earned his bachelor’s degree in biology with emphasis in cell and molecular biology and posted a 3.57 GPA. Shrum, the 2021 Mountain West Tony Gwynn Player of the Year, had a career year on the diamond, finishing the regular season as the national leader in both batting average (.479) and slugging percentage (.992). His final slugging percentage of .968 remains the country’s best, and his final batting average of .468 is second, through June 15. His 15 home runs are a single-season career-high and led the Mountain West, as did his .521 on base percentage. Other single-season career totals Shrum hit this year include hits (58), RBI (47) and runs scored (35) and all in a shortened season at just 35 games.

During league play, which spanned just 21 games for Shrum, he batted an incredible .550 with 44 hits, 12 home runs, 10 doubles, 36 RBI and 31 runs in 80 at-bats. He was named the Mountain West Player of the Week following the final week of the regular season after he went 12-for-15 at the plate with six home runs during the series against San José State. Shrum has also gotten it done with the glove as he has recorded just one error on the year and added 260 putouts and 13 assists.

Shrum was instrumental to the Wolf Pack’s success in 2021, as Nevada captured the Mountain West title, going 22-9 in conference play, and made its first NCAA Regional appearance since 2000. The Pack finished the season 25-20 following its trip to the Stanford Regional in June.

Shrum recently signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Royals and will begin his professional career this summer.

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