C-USA Baseball All-Academic Team Announced

From the official site of Conference USA

May 19, 2008


Five seniors, five juniors and four sophomores make up the 2008 Conference USA All-Academic Baseball Team, as selected by the sports information directors. Rice and Southern Miss, who will respectively be the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds in the 2008 C-USA Championship, placed three student-athletes apiece on the all-academic squad. Houston, Memphis and UCF all had two selections to the baseball all-academic team, which consists of student-athletes with a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve for their team.

Houston junior Jimmy Cesario and Southern Miss senior Trey Sutton were the two repeat selections from the 2007 All-Academic Team. Cesario has seen playing time at third base, first base, the outfield and as the designated hitter, and started 79 straight games before a wrist injury sidelined him. The two-time Commissioner's Honor Roll maintains a 3.55 as a psychology major. Sutton not only made the Commissioner's Honor Roll and All-Academic Team last season, but was also a 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selection. A business administration major with a 3.70 GPA, Sutton became the first Golden Eagle to collect 300 hits and is the school leader in career singles.

The Rice trio of senior pitchers Chris Kelley and Cole St.Clair and sophomore Jimmy Comerota garnered academic recognition after leading their team to the 2008 C-USA regular season title. Kelley made eight starts for the Owls, picking up wins against nationally-ranked opponents such as Texas and Southern Miss. He is undefeated in conference appearances and has a 3.23 ERA and a 3.28 GPA in kinesiology. St.Clair made 19 appearances, with three starts and 16 games in relief. He posted an 8-2 record with five saves and a 2.98 ERA. The three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selection maintains a 3.22 GPA as an economics major. He was also the recipient of the 2008 Bob Quin Award, which is given to the most outstanding senior male at Rice who exemplifies leadership, academic and athletic excellence.

STORY AD BEGINS HERE Comerota has made 39 starts for the Owls at second base and three starts at shortstop, appearing in every game but one during this year's championship season. A two-time Commissioner's Honor Roll selection with a 3.25 GPA as an economics/ kinesiology major, Comerota is batting .279 on the year, and .394 in Rice's 10 games against ranked opponents. He also leads the team with 11 sacrifice bunts.

No. 2 seed Southern Miss also had three representatives as Sutton was joined by junior James Ewing and sophomore Todd McInnis. Both maintain a 3.71 GPA with Ewing studying philosophy and McInnis a business administration major. Ewing was the May 12 C-USA Hitter of the Week and National All-Star Line Up selection. He leads the Golden Eagles and is third in C-USA with a .377 batting average. McInnis made a team-best 13 starts on the mound, with six wins and 71 strikeouts (sixth in the conference).

Houston sophomore Zak Presley is the other Cougar on this year's all-academic team. The two-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and economics major has a 3.35 GPA. The No. 4 seed-Cougars' starting centerfielder hit safely in a career-best 18 games this season and batted .284 in conference games.

Memphis teammates Neil Schenk and Trey Wiedman represent the Tigers on the all-academic team. Schenk was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team and will be eligible for All-America honors. With a 3.88 GPA as a Spanish major, Schenk was selected the 2008 Memphis Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. He made a team-high 19 appearances on the mound and has a 3.40 ERA. Wiedman is a two-time selection to the Commissioner's Honor Roll and Dean's List as an exercise sport and science major maintaining a 3.32 GPA. He started every game for the Tigers this season and led the team with a .302 batting average.

UCF juniors Colin Arnold and Mitch Houck were each named to the all-academic team. Both were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Arnold, who has a 3.58 GPA in business, owns a .326 average with 37 RBI, 47 runs scored and 17 doubles (fourth in C-USA). Houck made 13 appearances for the Knights and the southpaw has struck out 71 batters in 56 innings this season. He also threw the first combined no-hitter in UCF history on March 17 against Wagner. Houck is an interpersonal/organizational communication major with a 3.27 GPA.

East Carolina senor Corey Kemp was named to the all-academic team after leading the Pirates to 39 regular season victories. Kemp is a three-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll selection and was twice honored on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll with a 3.32 GPA in communications. A finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, Kemp leads the league in home runs (15) and RBI (66), while batting .358.

UAB junior James Oliver rounds out the 14-member squad with the second-highest GPA, maintaining a 3.80 in biology. A Commissioner's Academic Medal winner, Oliver has appeared in 15 games and made seven starts for the Blazers. He has four wins, including two complete-game victories.

The 2008 Entergy Conference USA Baseball Championship gets underway Wednesday, May 21, with four games at Tulane University's Greer Field at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La. The championship game is Sunday, May 25, at 1 p.m. CDT. It will also air on tape delay that night on CBS College Sports at 8:30 p.m. CDT. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.


Name School Class GPA Major Corey Kemp East Carolina Sr. 3.32 Communications *Jimmy Cesario Houston Jr. 3.55 Psychology Zak Presley Houston So. 3.35 Economics Neil Schenk Memphis Sr. 3.88 Spanish Trey Wiedman Memphis So. 3.32 Exercise Sport & Science Jimmy Comerota Rice So. 3.25 Economics/Kinesiology Chris Kelley Rice Sr. 3.28 Kinesiology Cole St.Clair Rice Sr. 3.22 Economics James Ewing Southern Miss Jr. 3.71 Philosophy Todd McInnis Southern Miss So. 3.71 Business Administration *Trey Sutton Southern Miss Sr. 3.70 Business Administration James Oliver UAB Jr. 3.80 Biology Colin Arnold UCF Jr. 3.58 Business Administration Mitch Houck UCF Jr. 3.27 Interpersonal/Organizational Communication

*Repeat Selection