BASEBALL: Seniors Earn Top League Academic Awards

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SHSU Bearkat Baseball (Courtesy GoBearkats.com)

Published on June 20, 2012 by Eric 'WizKid' Odom

GoBearkats.com Sam Houston State senior Jake Arrington has been named the Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday in conjunction with the release of the 2012 Academic All-Southland Baseball Team.

Arrington and fellow Bearkat senior Michael Oros both are first team selections on this spring’s honor squad.

Arrington, a native of Gunter, Texas, is a kinesiology major with a 3.71 grade-point average. He is the second Sam Houston State player to be selected as the baseball student-athlete of the year, joining Luke Prihoda in 2007.

Arrington made the President’s List for a perfect 4.0 GPA in the 2011 fall and 2012 spring semesters. While minoring in health, Arrington has also been earned numerous Dean’s List honors.

A third-team all-conference outfielder, Arrington led the NCAA in 2012 with 10 triples, which broke a 51-year-old school record. Arrington started 57 games in right field for the regular-season champion Bearkats. He was one of five Bearkat starters to hit .300 on the season while leading the team with 13 multiple-RBI games. On the season, Arrington batted .300 with eight doubles, 10 triples and three home runs. He also knocked in 37 runs while scoring 33 times himself. Arrington was named to the NCAA all-regional team in Houston, where the Bearkats lost to Arkansas in the championship game.

His selection as Southland Conference baseball “student-athlete of the year” marks the fourth time this season a Bearkat has earned the honor for his or her sport and the 15th time since 2007 that an SHSU athlete has been so recognized. The other three Southland “Student-Athletes of the Year” this season have been Travis Watson in football, Morgan Davis in women’s indoor track and field and James Glenn in men’s golf.

Oros, a pitcher from Kingwood, Texas, produced a 3.11 overall grade point average as a kinesiology major and health minor. A third team All-Southland Conference performer, Oros ranked fifth in the Southland with his 2.52 earned run average this season. He posted an 8-1 record on the mound with two of his wins coming over top 15-ranked Rice including an eight-inning performance in a 4-1 victory to knock the No. 1 seeded Owls out of the 2012 Houston NCAA regional. His 2.52 ERA is the eighth lowest in school history.

Established in the 2002-03 academic year, the conference honors one student-athlete from each of the 17 championship sports who achieves excellence in academics, athletics and community/campus service.

The student-athlete of the year, selected by the league’s awards committee, must have attained athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution, possess at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and demonstrate extracurricular service at his campus and or community.

The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

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