Tompkins named Academic All-American; works out for Royals
By Jacob Hayslip
Former Tiger and WKU junior closer Ian Tompkins has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Third-Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Friday.
An accounting major with a 3.78 GPA, Tompkins becomes the sixth player in WKU Baseball history to receive Academic All-America® honors. Tompkins joins Jack Glasser (1973), Erick Rosa (1997), Matt Rice (2009, 2010, 2011), Matt Payton (2010) and Matt Ridings (2010) as Hilltoppers to earn Academic All-America® distinction.
Tompkins was a First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference relief pitcher for WKU during the 2014 season after setting a single-season record for saves with 14. The NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List member finished his junior campaign with 46 strikeouts in 26 innings of working, allowing just seven earned runs in 26 appearances for the Hilltoppers. He was 14-of-15 in save situations for WKU, registering two saves in a sweep over Illinois and preserving WKU’s 3-2 win at No. 4 Vanderbilt with a four-out save.
His career strikeouts per nine innings clip of 12.38 ranks third among active pitchers in the NCAA. Tompkins has 161 career strikeouts in 117 career innings of work. In 2014, Tompkins posted a career high strikeout per nine innings mark of 15.92.
Tompkins has completed six academic semesters and has been a member of the Principal’s List on five occasions while making the President’s List once. He is a member of the WKU Honors College and a two-time Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List honoree. Tompkins is one of two players representing the state of Kentucky on the Academic All-America® teams (Austin Cousino, UK) and one of two players selected from the Sun Belt Conference (Tyler Vaughn, Troy).
In other Ian Tompkins news, the Former Tiger worked out for the Kansas City Royals this weekend. You could say he’s having a pretty great year.