Baylor’s Doug Ashby, Kolt Browder, Logan Brown and Steve DalPorto along with Kansas State’s RJ Santiage were named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced.
Tying a program record with four selections, Baylor has now had four Academic All-District selections three times (2011, 1999). The program has also had at least two players earn the distinction in each of the last eight seasons with 22 total honors in that span.
Among the District VII 12-person team, Baylor has the most selections of any school. With all four Bears making the first team, they all move onto the Capital One Academic All-America ballot.
Browder garnered the award for the third time in his career to become Baylor baseball’s first three-time honoree. The senior engineering major from Coldspring, Texas, was a second team choice in 2011 and first team selection in 2012, when he went on to become the program’s ninth player to achieve CoSIDA Academic All-America status (third team). Also a three-time First Team Academic All-Big 12 member, Browder has the second lowest bullpen ERA for BU this season at 1.88 and holds a .208 opponent batting average in 14.1 innings over nine appearances.
DalPorto, a senior business major from LaGrange, Ill., is now a two-time recipient after being a second team selection in 2011. He has a .250 batting average in 39 games this season to go with 10 RBI, nine runs and eight walks. He has had multiple hits in eight games, including tying a career high with three hits on Tuesday at UT Arlington.
Ashby and Brown earned the honor for the first time in their careers. Ashby, a junior engineering major from McKinney, Texas, leads the team in bullpen ERA (0.84) and opponent batting average (.167) in 21.1 innings over 17 appearances. He has held opponents scoreless in 15 of his 17 appearances and has eight hitless outings.
A sophomore electrical engineering major from Rowlett, Texas, Brown ranks second on the team in stolen bases (14) and has career highs in average (.271), runs (23), steals, walks (12) and RBI (12). He also has a career-best 10 multi-hit games.
Santigate, who earned the seventh academic all-district accolade in the last seven seasons at K-State, picked up his first-career designation as the third baseman holds a 3.32 GPA in social sciences.
A former community-college transfer, Santigate is in his second season with the program as the junior is hitting .331 with three doubles and a triple to go along with 27 RBI. The Las Vegas, Nev., product ranks eighth in the Big 12 in hits (57) and 10th in walks (23), while his 53 singles this year are four shy of entering the top 10 in K-State history.
Santigate is the first Wildcat since Jason King in 2011 to pick up first team academic all-district honors. Prior to King, Brett Scott earned the nod in both 2007 and 2008, while he went on to claim Academic All-American honors in 2008. King and Thomas Rooke were honored in 2009 before Carter Jurica was selected in 2010.
To be eligible for academic all-district teams, student-athletes must be starters or important reserves with at least 3.30 cumulative grade point averages. Candidates also must complete at least one full academic year at the nominating institution and be at least sophomores athletically.