Eight Longhorns earn Academic All-Big 12 Baseball honors
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Longhorns had eight athletes named to the 2008 Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team the league announced on Thursday.
Senior Drew Bishop, juniors Riley Boening, Keith Shinaberry, Travis Tucker and Austin Wood and sophomore Russell Moldenhauer all earned first-team recognition. Juniors Preston Clark and Pat McCrory were named to the second team.
The Longhorns eight honorees tied with Baylor and Texas A&M for second most in the league behind Nebraska's nine. A total of 62 student-athletes were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team, including 46 first-teamers.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the baseball academic all-league team consisted of 46 first team members combined with 16 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters. All players nominated must have 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 the team or have appeared in20 percent of their team's total games. 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.
The Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship returns to Oklahoma City's AT&T Bricktown Ballpark on May 21-25.
The eight teams with the best conference records (percentage-wise) in regular season competition qualify for the championship.The event is in a two-division, pool-play format, in which each of the squads competing is guaranteed a minimum of three games.
Past championship winners include Kansas (2006), Nebraska (1999-2001, Oe05), Oklahoma (1997), Oklahoma State (2004) Texas (2002-03), Texas A&M (2007) and Texas Tech (1998).