To be nominated for the program, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominees must also have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form and have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution to be eligible.
Shoemaker, a physical education major with a 3.85 cumulative GPA at ISU, has played and started in all 44 games this season for the Sycamores. He currently leads the team with a .384 batting and 10 home runs while compiling 14 doubles and 39 RBI. The Brazil, Ind., native also leads the team with a .665 slugging percentage, a .505 on base percentage thanks to a team-high 35 walks and has not committed an error in 61 chances in the outfield for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
The Missouri Valley Conference’s Player of the Week for the week of April 27, Shoemaker’s numbers are among the best in the conference this season. He currently ranks first in the league in total bases (109), on base percentage (.505) and walks (35) and is second among all players in the Valley in batting average (.384), runs scored (51), home runs (10) and slugging percentage (.665).
In addition, Shoemaker also ranks among the best players in the NCAA in several categories. As of the national ranking summary through May 3, Shoemaker ranks 38th nationally in on base percentage (.505), 46th in walks per game (0.8), 51st in walks (35) and 101st in runs scored per game (1.16).
With his first team selection, Shoemaker is now eligible for the inclusion on the Academic All-America® team selected by CoSIDA. The voting period for the national ballot begins on Tuesday, May 12.