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Eleven Lions Garner Spring All-Academic Recognition

Zac Fujimoto was one of five baseball players named to an All-Academic Team.

July 6, 2011

SAN BRUNO, Calif. -

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A total of 11 LMU spring student-athletes were named to the 2011 West Coast Conference Spring All-Academic teams, it was announced by the conference office on Wednesday. The WCC All-Academic teams honor some of the league's finest examples of the consummate scholar-athlete.

At the completion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each of the participating sponsored sports. To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to his or her team. This year's list includes 20 repeat selections from last spring.

"The West Coast Conference is very proud to honor and recognize these exceptional student-athletes for their exemplary efforts in the classroom and on the fields of play," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Our institutions strive to balance academic achievement in the classroom with success on the field, and this list is evident of that effort."

The LMU rowing team led the way with six honorees, including Kayla Pietruszka (3.82 GPA • Individualized Studies - Science) who garnered a first-team selection. Pietruszka was joined by honorable mention selections Shannon Craig (3.25 GPA • Environmental Science), Christine Erhart (3.68 GPA • Business Administration), Mary Foster (3.64 GPA • Natural Science), Kat Regan (3.54 GPA • Civil Engineering) and Alex Silva (3.22 GPA • Chemistry).

Pietruzska served as LMU's Varsity 8 coxswain, while Craig earned a second-place finish in the Dad Vail Regatta women's pair. Erhart was a finalist in the Dad Vail Regatta women's singles and Foster garnered an All-WCC selection after teaming with Craig to earn a second-place finish in the women's pair at the Dad Vail Regatta.

The baseball team managed to place four players on the first team, including Zac Fujimoto (3.44 GPA • Business Administration), Aaron Griffin (3.36 GPA • Electrical Engineering), Alex Guthrie (3.27 GPA • Business Administration) and Jason Wheeler (3.59 GPA • Business Administration). Evan Simonitsch (3.20 GPA • Studio Arts) also represented LMU on the honorable mention team.

Fujimoto batted .262 with 26 runs scored, five doubles, two triples and 14 RBI this year. The speedy outfielder swiped five bases in nine attempts while drawing 16 walks and posting 11 multi-hit games.

Griffin was an honorable mention All-WCC selection and was named WCC Pitcher of the Week and a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on May 16. The right-hander finished the year with a 2.99 ERA and a 7-3 record while recording two complete games and one save.

Guthrie was named WCC Player of the Week on March 14 and's West Player of the Week that same week. He hit .240 with 27 runs scored, 13 doubles, a triple and three home runs this year while notching 30 RBI to finish second on the team in that category. The right-handed hitter posted nine multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games.

Wheeler was named WCC Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 11 and finished the year with a 6-4 record and a 3.84 ERA. The left-hander started 14 games for LMU, posting three complete games and one complete-game shutout. Wheeler struck out 71 batters over 103 innings of work and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the 268th pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Simonitsch batted .234 with 10 runs scored and five doubles, collecting seven RBI and stealing five bases in eight attempts. The right-handed hitter recorded seven multi-hit games and fielded .987 over 75 chances in the outfield.


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