Moldenhauer earns Academic All-America status
May 25, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas junior designated hitter Russell Moldenhauer was named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.
Moldenhauer, a first-team All-Big 12 selection, leads the team in batting average (.349), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.486). He also has 36 runs, 12 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 31 RBI in 42 starts.
In the classroom, Moldenhauer owns a 3.34 grade point average as a kinesiology major. He was recently tabbed a First-Team Academic All-Big 12 performer for the third consecutive year. Moldenhauer was a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI honoree in 2009 and a first-teamer in 2010.
Moldenhauer was one of four Big 12 Conference players to make the list, joining Nebraska's DJ Belfonte (first-team outfielder), Baylor's Chris Slater (second-team outfielder) and Oklahoma's Elliott Blair (third-team outfielder).
Texas has had an Academic All-America in four of the last six seasons with Moldenhauer following Bradley Suttle in 2007 and Drew Stubbs in 2005 and 2006. Moldenhauer is the 10th Texas player to earn Academic All-America recognition from CoSIDA, joining Lou Bagwell (1970), Jim Gideon (1974-75), Doug Duncan (1975-76), Kevin Shannon (1979), Ricky Dixon (1980), Mike Patrick (1988), MacGregor Byers (1996), Stubbs (2005-06) and Suttle (2007).
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in both undergraduate and/or graduate work. He must have also reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his institution and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution. Position players must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at their listed position, while pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched to their credit. The final team is then selected by a vote of members of the CoSIDA Academic All-America committee.
Texas owns a 46-8 overall record and won the Big 12 Conference with a 24-3 mark. The Longhorns begin play at the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday with a 12:30 p.m. game against the Missouri Tigers.