BELL NAMED TO CAPITAL ONE BANK/SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE ALL-ACADEMIC BASEBALL TEAM

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi shortstop Brycen Bell has been named to the Capital One Bank/Southland Conference All-Academic Baseball Team the conference office announced on Tuesday.

Bell was one of seven players automatically selected for the team after being voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI second team. The senior from Fort Collins, Colo. is a Bio-Medical Sciences major who boasted a 3.69 overall grade point average entering the spring semester. Before transferring to TAMUCC, Bell spent two seasons at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. where he was an All-Jayhawk Conference team member as well as maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. On the field, Bell hit a career high .269 with a home run and 18 RBI. The committed three errors in the in final 27 games after recovering from shoulder issues.

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.

2009 Southland Baseball All-Academic Teams

First Team

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major

Paul Goldschmidt1254

Texas State

Jr.

The Woodlands, Texas

3.87

Finance

Ryan Brauninger4

McNeese State

Sr.

Nederland, Texas

3.59

Communications

Josh Cryer3

Southeastern La.

So.

Leesville, La.

4.00

Accounting

Brycen Bell3

A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

Fort Collins, Colo.

3.69

Bio-Medical Sciences

Jordan Nipp35

Northwestern State

Sr.

Amarillo, Texas

3.97

Biology

Matt Otteman2

UT Arlington

Sr.

Lockport, Ill.

3.22

Exercise Science

Michael Rockett26

UTSA

Sr.

Sugar Land, Texas

3.16

Economics

Brian Taylor

Lamar

Sr.

Cedar Park, Texas

3.34

General Studies

Erich Lehmann5

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Fort Worth, Texas

3.71

Criminal Justice

Tye Throneberry

Central Arkansas

Jr.

Pine Bluff, Ark.

3.60

Biology

Josh Huffman

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Carrollton, Texas

3.79

Health Sciences

Zach Gardner5

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Sugar Land, Texas

3.66

Finance

Second Team

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major

Justin O'Neal

Northwestern State

Sr.

Ruston, La.

3.10

Administration

Adam Boydston

UT Arlington

So.

Corinth, Texas

3.93

History

Jeremiah Sammy

Lamar

Sr.

Markham, Ontario

3.21

Communications

Ricky Testa

Lamar

Sr.

Mesquite, Texas

3.07

General Studies

Joe Urtuzuastegui

Northwestern State

Sr.

Mesa, Ariz.

3.00

General Studies

Lee Orr

McNeese State

RS-Fr.

Louise, Texas

3.05

Athletic Training

Zach Tritz

Texas State

Sr.

Spring, Texas

3.00

Physics

Brian Ferguson

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Sugar Land, Texas

3.37

Finance

Ryan Mooney

Sam Houston State

So.

The Woodlands, Texas

3.35

Business

Sam Merrill

McNeese State

Sr.

Omaha, Neb.

3.11

General Studies

Ryan Martin

UT Arlington

Sr.

Friendswood, Texas

3.51

Political Science

Collin Garner

UT Arlington

Sr.

Arlington, Texas

3.74

Mechanical Engineering

1Student-Athlete of the Year

2First-Team All-Conference

3CoSIDA All-Academic District VI

4ESPN The Magazine All-America

5Two-time Academic Selection

6Three-time Academic Selection