Vaughan Named First Team Academic All-American

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CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas A&M – Corpus Christi senior catcher Russell Vaughan has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division I First Team, it was announced Friday.

"On the field Russell made some remarkable strides," head coach Scott Malone said. "He went from hitting below .200 at the bottom of our order to a top of the order presence in our lineup. But most importantly, he was a leader in the dugout vocally for the team. He was also a leader off the field, leading by example in the classroom. He is a perfect example of the type of player you want as an ambassador of your program."

Vaughan becomes the fourth Islander in any sport named to the first team, becoming the first to do so since two baseball players, Trey Hearne and Jamie Landin, were both named First Team All-America in 2005. The catcher becomes the eighth player in school history to pick up All-America laurels and only the third member of the Islanders baseball team. Overall, Vaughan is the first Islander to earn this award in three years, with softball player Hannah Schwarz earning third team honors in 2011.

The Mesa, Ariz., native was the only player from the Southland Conference to be named to any of the All-America teams, and he was only one of three players from Texas to be honored, with Texas pitcher John Curtiss joining him on the first team and Baylor pitcher Doug Ashby being named to the second team.

The senior leader has been a presence both on and off the field, maintaining a 4.0 GPA as a health sciences major, while also earning Third Team All-Conference honors in the Southland for his performance on the field this year. He was one of the most improved players in the conference, raising his average 137 points at the plate. For his all-around effort, Vaughan has also been named one of the 16 finalists for the 2014 TD Ameritrade Fan's Choice Award, which fans can vote for on Facebook by clicking HERE.  

Vaughan led the team in on-base percentage (.456) and ranked third in the league in that category, using his patience at the plate to draw 33 walks on the year. He especially turned it on during Southland play, as he ranked 8th in conference games in batting average (.374), 1st in on-base percentage (.488) and 5th in slugging percentage (.535) during regular-season Southland contests.

This year, Vaughan tallied 13 extra base hits, nine doubles, three triples and a home run to go along with 25 runs driven in, 21 of which came against Southland opponents. In 2013, he hit .181 at the dish with only two extra base hits and nine RBIs.

Prior to his time at the Island University, Vaughan was also recognized for his academic achievements while at South Mountain College, as he earned the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for having a 4.0 GPA.

Be sure to stay up-to-date with Vaughan and the other Islanders on Twitter (@IslandersBSB) during the offseason, including coverage of the 2014 MLB Draft running from June 5-7.

FIRST TEAM

Pos.  Name                      School                            Yr.     Hometown                GPA    Major

P       John Curtiss            Texas                               Jr.     Southlake, Texas        3.85    English /History

P       Trey Lambert           Liberty                             Sr.     Tazewell, Va.              3.94    Health Promotion: clinical

C       Russell Vaughan       Texas A&M-Corpus Christi  Sr.     Mesa, Ariz.                4.00    Health Sciences

IF      Alex Close               Liberty                             Jr.     Hoover, Ala.              3.84    Business Administration/Finance

IF      Michael Massi           Mercer                              Sr.     Powder Springs, Ga.   3.67    Accounting

IF      Caleb Palensky        Omaha                             Sr.     Papillion, Neb.            3.94    Exercise Science

IF      Kevin Swick (3)        Southern California            Sr.     La Canada, Calif.       3.83    Business Administration

OF     Tim Colwell (1) (#)     North Dakota State            Sr.     Shoreview, Minn.        4.00    Zoology

OF     Jeff Keller (1)           Dartmouth                        Sr.     Atherton, Calif.          3.95    Economics

OF     Derrick Workman (1) Mercer                              Sr.     Acworth, Ga.              4.00    Communications

DH    Derek Gibson           Southeast Missouri             Sr.     Bonne Terre, Mo.        3.77    Pre-dental

 

SECOND TEAM

Pos.  Name                      School                            Yr.     Hometown                GPA    Major

P       Doug Ashby             Baylor                              Sr.     McKinney, Texas        4.00    Engineering

P       Gage Smith              Florida State                     Sr.     Tallahassee, FL          3.79    Business Management

C       Grayson Greiner       South Carolina                   Jr.     Columbia, S.C.          3.47    Accounting

IF      Danny Diekroeger     Stanford                           Sr.     Woodside, Calif.        3.80    Computer Science

IF      Connor Panas          Canisius                           Jr.     Toronto, Ontario         3.80    Physical Education/Health Education

IF      Scott Schaub           Jacksonville                      Sr.     Ocala, Fla.                3.45    Exercise Science

IF      Tyler Vaughn (1)       Troy                                 Sr.     Murphy, N.C.             3.92    Chemistry

OF     Collin Forgey           Saint Joseph's                   Gr.     San Diego, Calif.        3.65    General Studies

OF     Collin Slaybaugh (1)  Washington State              Sr.     Puyallup, Wash.         4.00    Kinesiology

OF     Evan Stephens         Wake Forest                     Sr.     Lexington, Ky.           3.83    Finance

DH    Kyle Convissar        Maryland                          Sr.     Severna Park, Md.      3.99    Finance

 

THIRD TEAM

Pos.  Name                      School                            Yr.     Hometown                GPA    Major

P       Rohn Pierce             Canisius                           Jr.     Lockport, N.Y.           3.51    Management

P       Ian Tompkins           Western Kentucky             Jr.     Louisville, Ky.            3.78    Accounting

C       Zach Fisher (1)(&)     Towson                             Gr.     Baltimore, Md.            3.94    Information Technology

IF      Jason Blum              Southeast Missouri             Jr.     Ste. Genevieve, Mo.   4.00    Finance

IF      Sam Haggerty          New Mexico                      So.    Denver, Colo.            3.78    Finance

IF      Kevin Nutter            William & Mary                  Sr.     Vienna, Va.                3.94    Accounting

IF      Taylor Sparks           UC Irvine                         Jr.     Long Beach, Calif.      3.63    Sociology

OF     Austin Cousino         Kentucky                          Jr.     Dublin, Ohio               3.32    Community & Leadership

                                                                                                                                 Development

OF     Patrick Riewer          North Dakota                    Sr.     Wadena, Minn.           4.00    Chemical Engineering

OF     DJ Stewart               Florida State                     So.    Yulee, Fla.                3.48    Sport Management

DH    Matt Parrish             Campbell                          So.    Angier, N.C.              3.87    Mathematics

Academic All-America® of the Year:  Tim Colwell, North Dakota State

 

(1) - Capital One Academic All-America® Division I First Team in 2013

(2) - Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Second Team in 2013

(3) - Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Third Team in 2013

(#) - Capital One Academic All-America® Division I First Team in 2012

(&) - Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Third Team in 2012