May 15, 2012IRVING, Texas - Ten Baylor baseball student-athletes were named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Baseball Team, as announced by the league office Tuesday. Baylor placed five members on each of the two teams, and Kolt Browder was one of three Big 12 team members with perfect 4.0 GPAs.
The Bears have had at least nine Academic All-Big 12 selections in each of the last four seasons. Baylor had a school-record 11 players honored in 2009, 10 players were selected in 2010 and nine Bears were named a season ago.
Baylor baseball student-athletes have earned 94 first-team academic all-conference awards in the league's 16-year history, 20 more than any other school in the league. Nebraska (74) ranks second, followed by Oklahoma State (60), Kansas (57), Missouri (55), Kansas State (46), Oklahoma (45), Texas (44), Texas Tech (44) and Texas A&M (33).
Browder, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, was named first-team for the third consecutive season. He joined Missouri's Andreas Plackis and Texas Tech's Rusty Shellhorn as the only student-athletes on the teams with perfect 4.0 GPAs. Browder was one of only two selections with perfect GPAs when he was named to the first team during his redshirt freshman season in 2010 and again as a sophomore in 2011.
Browder became the 14th player in program history to earn three first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors, and if selected again next season, he'll join Zach Dillon as the Bears' only four-time first-team honorees. Bare and Vick were named first-team for the second time, and Langford and Kuntz picked up their first honors.
Additionally, seniors Tyler Bremer (general studies), Dan Evatt (communications) and Josh Ludy (psychology) and juniors Nathan Orf (religion) and Josh Turley (general studies) picked up second-team recognition. All five second-team honorees were chosen for the first time in their careers.
Bremer, Evatt, Ludy and Joey Hainsfurther missed graduation ceremonies while playing at Oklahoma on Saturday, but Baylor president Ken Starr will present them with their diplomas as part of Senior Day prior to Thursday's game against Texas.
The 2012 Academic All-Big 12 teams consist of 60 student-athletes with 34 first-team honorees. First-team members have recorded GPAs of 3.20 or better, while second-team members have posted GPAs between 3.00 and 3.19. To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or during the two previous semesters.
All position players must participate in 60 percent of their team's games. Pitchers are required to have at least 1.0 inning pitched per team game or participate in 20 percent of their team's total games. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Seniors with a minimum of two years participation who meet all criteria except participation percentage also are eligible.
The No. 7-ranked Bears close out the regular season with a three-game series against Texas starting at 6:35 p.m. Thursday at Baylor Ballpark. The first 4,000 fans at Thursday's game will receive Big 12 Champions t-shirts, and the first 500 fans will get complete sets of Baylor baseball trading cards. Following Thursday's game, the series shifts to Austin for a 6:30 p.m. game Friday and a 2 p.m. game Saturday.
BAYLOR'S 2012 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 HONOREES
Crayton Bare, 1st team
Kolt Browder, 1st team
Brad Kuntz, 1st team
Lawton Langford, 1st team
Logan Vick, 1st team
Tyler Bremer, 2nd team
Dan Evatt, 2nd team
Josh Ludy, 2nd team
Nathan Orf, 2nd team
Josh Turley, 2nd team