June 1, 2012
TOWSON, Md. - Baylor junior right-handed pitcher Kolt Browder has been named a third-team Capital One Academic All-American, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Friday.
For the first time in program history, Baylor has had student-athletes earn Academic All-America honors in four consecutive seasons. Aaron Miller was a second-team honoree in 2009 and Chris Slater earned second-team honors in 2010 and first-team recognition in 2011.
An engineering major from Coldspring, Texas, Browder is one of six Academic All-Americans selected to this season's teams with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Browder is a three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree, and if he's chosen as a senior next year, he'll join Zach Dillon as the only four-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 honorees in program history.
Browder joins pitcher Pat Combs (1988 first team), first baseman Charley Carter (1998 first team), pitcher Jason Jennings (1998 third team; 1999 first team), outfielder Jon Topolski (1998 second team; 1999 second team), first baseman Ross Bennett (2003 first team), catcher Zach Dillon (2006 first team), outfielder Aaron Miller (2009 second team) and outfielder Chris Slater (2010 second team; 2011 first team) on Baylor's list of baseball Academic All-Americans.
Browder was eligible for Academic All-America honors after being named first-team Academic All-District VII. He was a second-team Academic All-District VI selection a season ago, and he joins Texas A&M's Ross Stripling as the only Big 12 representatives on this year's Academic All-America teams.
Browder has pitched 16 times out of Baylor's bullpen this season, posting a 1-1 record with one save and a 2.79 ERA over 19.1 innings. He's held opponents scoreless in 12 of 16 appearances, including an outing when he worked 2.2 perfect innings with three strikeouts to earn a save in the Big 12 season opener against Texas Tech on March 16.
Baylor returns to action Friday at 6 p.m. when it hosts Oral Roberts in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Waco Regional. The Bears are the No. 4 national seed in the 2012 NCAA Baseball Championship and are hosting a Regional for the fourth time.
BAYLOR ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
Pat Combs, 1st team (1988)
Charley Carter, 1st team (1998)
Jon Topolski, 2nd team (1998)
Jason Jennings, 3rd team (1998)
Jason Jennings, 1st team (1999)
Jon Topolski, 2nd team (1999)
Ross Bennett, 1st team (2003)
Zach Dillon, 1st team (2006)
Aaron Miller, 2nd team (2009)
Chris Slater, 2nd team (2010)
Chris Slater, 1st team (2011)
Kolt Browder, 3rd team (2012)