GARCIA SELECTED TO SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball player Omar Garcia has been named to the Southland Conference All-Academic second team by a vote of the league's coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors.

Garcia, who earlier this spring was named the Islanders' Male Scholar Athlete of the Year as he possesses the highest grade point average of any male athlete in the department who has been in the department for two seasons. A kinesiology major, the native of El Paso boasts a 3.67 GPA.

"Ever since he has been with the program Omar has been a great ambassador on and off the field," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "We have had the opportunity to see him grow and mature as a player and person. On the field, he has grown from a redshirt to the starting catcher this season.

"His development as a player speaks of one of his greatest attributes - his work ethic. It is obvious he carries that attribute over to the classroom and puts the same amount of time and effort into both."

Senior Eric DeBlanc of Northwestern State was named the Student-Athlete of the Year. He boasts a 3.79 GPA in biology. Catcher Josh Cryer of Southeastern Louisiana holds the top GPA on the team with 4.0 in accounting.

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.

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.

2010 Southland Baseball All-Academic Teams

First Team

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major/Minor

Eric DeBlanc*4

Northwestern State

Sr.

Scott, La.

3.79

Biology

Josh Cryer2 3

Southeastern Louisiana

Jr.

Leesville, La.

4.00

Accounting

Jason Mitchell3

UT Arlington

Sr.

Phoenix, Ariz.

3.50

Economics/Business Admin.

Kyle Kubitza4

Texas State

So.

Frisco, Texas

3.04

Exercise Sports Science/Math

Kyle Livingstone4

Texas State

Sr.

Fort Worth, Texas

3.33

Marketing

Tyler Sibley3

Texas State

So.

Frisco, Texas

3.92

Exercise Sports Science/Business

Jeff McVaney

Texas State

So.

Houston, Texas

3.74

Management

Jarid Scarafiotti

Stephen F. Austin

So.

Shreveport, La.

3.75

Mathematics/Finance

Tye Throneberry2

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Pine Bluff, Ark.

3.67

Biology

Kevin Clarke

UTSA

Sr.

Huntsville, Texas

3.76

Business Management

Rett Varner

UT Arlington

Sr.

Trophy Club, Texas

3.02

Exercise Science

Cody Gougler

Southeastern Louisiana

So.

Huntsville, Texas

3.53

Sports Management

Second Team

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major/Minor

Ryan Zimmermann

Northwestern State

Sr.

Fremont, Calif.

3.14

Psychology

Ryan Rummel2

UTSA

Sr.

Uvalde, Texas

3.33

Accounting

Eric Harrington

Lamar

So.

Groves, Texas

3.26

Kinesiology

Jordan Vaughn

UT Arlington

Jr.

Colo. Springs, Colo.

3.62

Business Management

Beau Faulk

Nicholls

So.

Houston, Texas

3.48

Business Administration

Garret Carruth

Texas State

Sr.

Lewisville, Texas

3.33

Exercise Sports Science/Business

Omar Garcia

A&M-Corpus Christi

Jr.

El Paso, Texas

3.67

Kinesiology

Blake Roberts

Central Arkansas

So.

Springdale, Ark.

3.66

Business

Zack Dickson

Central Arkansas

Jr.

Oakville, Ontario

3.67

Mass Communications

Tyler Watkins

Southeastern Louisiana

Jr.

Petal, Miss.

3.33

General Studies

Mark Picca

UT Arlington

Jr.

Arlington, Texas

3.78

Finance

Cory Holley

Lamar

Sr.

Houston, Texas

3.68

General Studies

*Student-Athlete of the Year

2Two-time academic selection

3CoSIDA All-Academic District VI

4First-team all-conference