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Carmel grad earns top athletic/academic honor

Joe Burg was named top student/athlete Colonial Athletic Association. | FILE PHOTO

Joe Burg was named the top student/athlete in the Colonial Athletic Association. | FILE PHOTO

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Updated: September 9, 2013 7:22PM

Former Hofstra pitcher Joe Burg (Lindenhurst resident/Carmel High School alum), who graduated this past May, was named the 2012-13 Colonial Athletic Association Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year . He had been named the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in baseball last month.

Burg, a double major in physics and math with a minor in astronomy, was selected to the Academic All-America first team for baseball in 2013. He was a 2012 Rhodes Scholarship finalist and was also a finalist for the NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship. Burg received the James M. Shuart Award as Hofstra’s top male scholar-athlete, Hofstra’s Outstanding Senior Scholar Award in recognition of his grade point average and the Outstanding Graduating Mathematics Senior Award.

As a player, the southpaw was tied for the team lead in wins with three. He made 14 appearances, including 12 starts, and posted 37 strikeouts in 62.1 innings.

The conference selected a Scholar-Athlete of the Year in each of its 22 sports this season, and those winners were placed on the ballot for the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. All of the winners were a starter or important reserve on their team and had a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher.

A summa cum laude graduate, Burg will begin a PhD program at Stanford University in the fall.

Hofstra University is located on Long Island in New York.

The Colonial Athletic Association includes Delaware, George Mason, Old Dominion, Northeastern, William & Mary, Towson State, North Carolina-Wilmington, Charleston and James Madison. On the diamond, Hofstra was 26-27 overall and was a bottom feeder in the CAA.

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