Alaniz and Suttle earn Academic All-Big 12 honors
DALLAS -- University of Texas junior Adrian Alaniz and sophomore Bradley Suttle were named to the 2007 Academic All-Big 12 First Team the league announced on Tuesday.
The selections marked the first Academic All-Big 12 honors for both Alaniz and Suttle. The Longhorns have posted at least two Academic All-Big 12 honorees in six consecutive seasons, dating back to 2002.
Alaniz ranks third in the nation with 12 wins on the season. He owns a 2.37 ERA, 81 strikeouts and a .199 opponent batting average to go with his 12-2 record. Alaniz excels in the classroom as a youth and community studies/sociology major.
Suttle leads the team with a .359 batting average to go with 41 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 54 RBI in 53 games. His .596 slugging percentage ranks second on the squad and he owns a .969 fielding percentage at third base. Suttle, who was tabbed ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District IV last week, is a standout in the classroom as a business major.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 or higher GPA either cumulative or during the two previous semesters. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second-team is those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. All players nominated must have also participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests, while pitchers are required to have at least one inning pitched per game played by their team or have appeared in 20 percent of their team's total contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.