May 16, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Eleven Baylor baseball student-athletes were named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team, the league announced on Thursday. The Bears had six first team honorees, led by Kolt Browder as he became the program's second-ever four-time first team honoree.
Baylor's 11 selections tied a school record set in 2009 as the program has had at least nine Academic All-Big 12 choices in each of the last five seasons. The Bears had the most total 2013 selections of any Big 12 school and had two of the three league honorees with 4.00 GPAs in Browder and Doug Ashby.
In the league's 17-year history, Baylor student-athletes have earned 100 first team selections, 20 more than any other school in the conference. Former member Nebraska (74) ranks second, followed by Oklahoma State (67), Kansas (60), former member Missouri (55), Texas (50), Oklahoma (49), Kansas State (48), Texas Tech (46), former member Texas A&M (33), TCU (7) and West Virginia (2).
Last year, Browder was just the 14th player in program history to earn the first team honor three times and now he joins Zach Dillon as the program's only four-time first team choices. The fifth-year senior mechanical engineering major joined junior teammate Ashby, a mechanical engineering major, and Oklahoma's Jack Mayfield as the only three with perfect 4.0 GPAs on the first team. Browder has now had a 4.00 GPA for three straight years.
Baylor's four other first team selections were sophomore Logan Brown (engineering), senior Steve DalPorto (management information systems), junior Nate Goodwin (biology) and junior Grayson Porter (finance). DalPorto also earned the first team honor in 2011, while Ashby, Brown, Goodwin and Porter received the accolade for the first time in their careers.
Baylor's second team selections were senior Crayton Bare (entrepreneurship), senior Lawton Langford (real estate), senior Wes Mercurio (accounting), senior Nathan Orf (speech communication) and sophomore Duncan Wendel (engineering). Bare became a three-time selection after being a first team honoree in 2011 and 2012. Langford was also a first team selection in 2012, while Orf was a second team choice. Mercurio and Wendel both garnered the award for the first time in their careers.
The 2013 Academic All-Big 12 teams consist of 57 student-athletes with 39 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.
Baylor ends the Big 12 regular season this weekend at Texas Tech with games on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT, Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at noon.
BAYLOR'S 2013 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 HONOREES
Doug Ashby | Junior | Mechanical Engineering
Kolt Browder | Senior | Engineering
Logan Brown | Sophomore | Engineering
Steve DalPorto | Senior | Management Information Systems
Nate Goodwin | Junior | Biology
Grayson Porter | Junior | Finance
Crayton Bare | Senior | Entrepreneurship
Lawton Langford | Senior | Real Estate
Wes Mercurio | Senior | Accounting
Nathan Orf | Senior | Speech Communication
Duncan Wendel | Sophomore | Engineering