Trio Named WCC All-Academic
Three LMU baseball players earned a spot on the All-Academic team.
The West Coast Conference announced the 2017 West Coast Conference Baseball All-Academic Team, and LMU's Brandon Shearer, Niko Decolati and Spencer Erdman found themselves on the list. Shearer earned a spot on the first team, while Decolati and Erdman were tabbed honorable mention.
Shearer, who carries a 3.56 GPA as an entrepreneurship major, has batted .311 with 28 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, a homer and 37 RBI overall this year. In conference play alone, he batted .314 with 19 runs scored, four doubles, a homer and 19 RBI.
Decolati, an entrepreneurship major with a 3.41 GPA, is hitting .320 with 37 runs scored, 11 doubles, three homers and 21 RBI so far this year. The sophomore hit .304 with 19 runs scored, four doubles, a homer and eight RBI against WCC foes.
Erdman owns a 3.39 GPA as an economics major. The senior shortstop has batted .341 with 28 runs scored, 12 doubles, three triples and 23 RBI overall this season. Erdman batted .324 with 13 runs scored, five doubles, a triple and 13 RBI in WCC play.
Four WCC student-athletes on the all-academic squad earned a spot on the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team: Pepperdine seniors Aaron Barnett (Economics) and Matt Crowder (Economics) and Gonzaga senior Sam Brown (Physical Education) and sophomore Daniel Fredrickson (Mechanical Engineering).
Barnett (third) and Crowder (second) are multi-year recipients for academic achievement on both the All-District and All-WCC academic squads. Two Pacific junior student-athletes Cooper Casad (Sport Management) and Matthew Tarantino (Business Administration) maintained perfect 4.0 cumulative GPAs.
All told, seven West Coast Conference baseball student-athletes posted a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better and 15 posted a GPA of 3.50 or better.
At the conclusion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each WCC-sponsored sport. To be considered, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to his team. No fewer than 40 WCC student-athletes met the academic criteria for baseball.
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