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Thomas earns First Team Honors, makes conference history

VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior outfielder Jake Thomas has been named to the America East All-Conference first team, the conference announced Wednesday night. Thomas was joined by freshman catcher/DH Jason Agresti, who earned a spot on the second team. Freshman outfielder CJ Krowiak made the All-Rookie Team alongside Agresti. In addition, Thomas, senior center fielder Zach Blanden and junior third baseman David Schanz were named to the Baseball All-Academic Team.

Thomas made history with his selections. He becomes the first player in America East history to combine first-team all-conference honors with academic honors all three eligible seasons (sophomore, junior, senior). He also becomes BU's first player in eight years (third overall) to garner first-team all-conference honors three different seasons. The other players were pitcher Zach Groh (2006-08) and first baseman Brendan Hitchcock (2005-07). Thomas began his career with America East All-Rookie honors in 2012.

A four-year starting outfielder who started 186 career games for the Bearcats, Thomas hit a team-high .352 this spring. His .478 on-base percentage currently ranks 26th in the nation. Thomas graduates as the program's all-time leader in walks (132) and on-base percentage (.453) and is among the school's career top-10 in every offensive category, including RBI (5th, 125), hits (7th, 206) and runs (7th, 120).

Agresti was one of just two rookie position players to earn all-conference honors. He came on strong toward the end of his inaugural collegiate season, hitting safely in 13 of his last 16 games, including his last eight. Agresti belted two home runs and drove in 14. Behind the plate, he threw out nearly half (7-of-15) of would-be basestealers and started 33 games, including 18 at catcher.

Krowiak sizzled at the end of the spring, hitting .500 in the month of May (14-of-28). For the season, he hit .325 (3rd on team) and his .453 on-base percentage was second only to Thomas. Krowiak had three or more hits four times and in the field, didn't commit an error in 23 starts at second base and in the outfield.

No other team had more academic honorees than the Bearcats, with Thomas leading the way. With a 3.55 GPA in Finance, Thomas was a unanimous selection - his third straight. He becomes the second Bearcat to win three straight Baseball All-Academic Team honors (Jordon Smucker (2011-13) and is the only America East senior to do so. Blanden, who finished his stellar career with 208 hits (6th all-time), earned distinction with a 3.34 GPA in Industrial & Systems Engineering. As the team's center fielder and leadoff hitter, he hit .306 with a team-high 36 runs scored in 2015, setting the program's career triples record (11) along the way. Schanz held down a 3.71 GPA in Accounting and like Thomas, was a unanimous choice.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)