May 18, 2010
IRVING, Texas - Ten Baylor baseball student-athletes were named to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Baseball Team, as announced by the league office Tuesday. The Bears placed nine members on the first team and one on the second team. Baylor led the conference with nine first-team selections and 10 total honorees.
The Bears' academic all-conference selections were one behind the program record established last season, but Baylor tied a school record with nine first-team selections. Baylor had 10 total honorees in 2000 and 2009.
Baylor baseball student-athletes have earned 82 first-team academic all-conference awards in the league's 14-year history, 17 more than any other school in the league. Nebraska (65) ranks second, followed by Oklahoma State (57), Missouri (49), Kansas (47), Kansas State (40), Oklahoma (39), Texas (36), Texas Tech (34) and Texas A&M (28).
Among Baylor's nine first-team selections were junior outfielder Chris Slater and redshirt freshman pitcher Kolt Browder, who were the only two student-athletes in the conference to be nominated with perfect 4.00 GPAs.
The seven remaining Baylor student-athletes on the first team were senior infielder Andrew Cooley (economics), senior catcher Gregg Glime (communication studies), senior pitcher Willie Kempf (finance/real estate), junior pitcher/infielder Jon Ringenberg (health science studies/pre medicine), sophomore pitcher Ross Speed (finance), junior pitcher Shawn Tolleson (heath science studies/pre-dental) and sophomore pitcher Kevin Winter (music).
Additionally, junior shortstop Landis Ware (graphic design) was named to the second team.
Kempf and Tolleson were both named to the first team for the third consecutive season, while Speed was named to the first team for the second consecutive year, and Ware earned all-conference honors for the second time.
The 2010 Academic All-Big 12 teams consist of 69 student-athletes with 43 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 returns to action Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark with its first game in a four-game homestand to close out the regular season. The Bears take on Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and Baylor closes out Big 12 Conference play with a three-game home series against Oklahoma State this weekend.