OMAHA, Neb. – Texas Tech sophomore Braxton Fulford is the recipient of the Elite 90 winner for the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
Fulford, majoring in finance, currently carries a 3.94 GPA. The Lubbock native was presented with the award during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2019 College World Series on Friday evening at T.D. Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. He was previously named the Google Cloud Academic All-District first team catcher and Academic All-Big 12.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.
Fulford is the Big 12's third Elite 90 award winner this year, joining Baylor women's basketball's Lauren Cox and Texas Tech men's basketball's Davide Moretti.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.