Mascia, ex-Ad, SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year; All-Dist. 3

Ex-Admiral Nico Mascia, UT Volunteer redshirt sophomore in 2018, prepares to take a swing at Lindsey-Nelson Stadium.
Nico Mascia, Tennessee redshirt sophomore catcher and a former Farragut Admiral standout, has been named SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year and a Google Cloud Academic All-District 3 Baseball First-Team honoree.

The Academic All-District First Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America, is recognition of the nation’s top student-athletes.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Mascia joins 10 other student-athletes from various schools in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia on the District 3 First Team.

Mascia and all other First-Team district honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot, with First- and Second-Team Academic All-America selections to be announced later this month.

Mascia boasts a 3.99 grade point average –— highest on the team — while majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering. He plans to attend medical school with hopes of becoming a surgeon.

To be eligible for Academic All-District and All-America distinction, nominees must have reached at least sophomore academic standing and have a minimum 3.30 GPA to go along with legitimate on-field contributions. 

Also a designated hitter, Mascia had a solid year on the diamond for the Vols after appearing in just one game during his first two seasons on Rocky Top.

The ex-Admiral batted .278 with five home runs and 15 RBI while leading the team in slugging and on-base percentage.