East Carolina University junior Alec Burleson was named a CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American on Thursday, according to a release by the university.

With this selection, Burleson, who was a third-team member in 2019, joins Cliff Godwin (the Pirates’ current head coach) and Sam Narron as the only ECU baseball players to earn consecutive honors, per the release. Godwin accomplished the feat in 1999 and 2001 while Narron did so in 2001 and 2002.

According to the release, a student-athlete must own an important role on their respective team and sport a 3.30 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for the distinction. The student-athlete also must have completed a full calendar year at their institution and be at least a sophomore.

Burleson is a business management major and owns a 3.93 GPA. He is also a six-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient and two-time American Athletic Conference All-Academic selection, according to the release.

Earlier this year, it was announced the ECU baseball team posted a 3.61 team GPA, the highest in program history. It also means the program has enjoyed three consecutive years with a combined GPA of at least 3.41.

According to a post on Twitter from the team, Matt Bridges, Ben Newton, Nick Barber and Carter Spivey all earned perfect 4.0 GPA’s for the spring semester, while 28 members posted a GPA of at least 3.25.

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