May 15, 2007
IRVING, Texas -- Seven Baylor baseball student-athletes were named first-team Academic All-Big 12 Conference, the league office announced Tuesday. Baylor and Oklahoma State led all schools with seven first-team selections. Oklahoma State, which also had two second-team honorees, led the conference with nine total selections, while Baylor was second with seven.
Baylor baseball student-athletes have received 56 first-team Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors in the league's 11-year history. That total leads the conference ahead of Oklahoma State (44) and Nebraska (43).
The seven Baylor student-athletes honored were senior catcher Matt Czimskey (general studies; Waco, Texas), senior first baseman Tim Jackson (communications; Cedar Hill, Texas), redshirt-freshman pitcher Wade Mackey (communications; Van, Texas), senior pitcher Jeff Mandel (economics; Houston, Texas), junior pitcher Tim Matthews (history; Carrollton, Texas), senior pitcher Andy Pape (accounting; San Antonio, Texas) and senior catcher Matt Sodolak (risk management; Columbus, Texas).
Pape becomes the 10th Baylor baseball student-athlete to be named first-team Academic All-Big 12 three times, joining Ross Bennett (2001, 2002, 2003), Zach Dillon (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), Michael Griffin (2003, 2004, 2005), Jason Jennings (1997, 1998, 1999), Tim Hartshorn (2000, 2001, 2002), Eric Nelson (1997, 1998, 1999), Jon Topolski (1997, 1998, 1999), Preston Underdown (1998, 1999, 2000) and Sean Walker (2003, 2004, 2005).
This is the third year in which Mandel has earned Academic All-Big 12 honors, collecting first-team honors last season and second-team honors in 2005. Czimskey, Jackson, Mackey, Matthews and Sodolak all were first-time honorees.
Following Tuesday's game at Rice, Baylor concludes the regular season with a three-game Big 12 Conference series against Kansas State this weekend at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears and the Wildcats meet Friday at 6:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Baylor enters the weekend series one-and-a-half games behind Kansas State in the Big 12 standings.