@MemphisBaseball Continues Success in Classroom
Dec. 20, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - For a ninth-straight semester, the University of Memphis baseball team has posted a composite grade-point average above 3.0, head coach Daron Schoenrock said Friday.
"I'm very proud of our student-athletes and especially (Athletic Academic Counselor) Bridget (VanLandeghem) for the excellent semester academically. This is our ninth in a row above 3.0 and it shows that the system in place is working and all those involved in the academic success are doing what they need to do. I know that the dilligence shown in the classroom will show up on the field. I think that there is a direct correlation between academic success and winning at a high level."
The Tigers registered a 3.181 GPA for the Fall semester and 23 of 25 student-athletes had a 3.0 or higher GPA to place on the Tiger 3.0 Club. Among the 23 student-athletes with a 3.0 or better GPA, 13 placed on the Dean's List with a 3.5 or better GPA.
"I'm very proud of the team's success in the classroom and look forward to seeing it carry over on the field this spring," Athletic Academic Counselor Bridget VanLandeghem said. "I look forward to seeing this academic success continue."
Senior infielder Zach Willis, an accounting major, posted a perfect 4.0 semester. Willis is a seven-time Dean's List honoree, collecting a 3.75 GPA or higher each year. Willis, a three-year letterwinner, hit .305 with a home run and 24 RBI in 2013.
Redshirt-junior pitcher Blake Myers, a criminology and criminal justice major, also registered a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall semester. Myers has compiled a 3.64 cumulative GPA and he has appeared on the Dean's List five times. Myers had no record in eight appearances last season while he posted a 3.18 ERA with five strikeouts.
The Tigers open the 2014 season at FedExPark against Western Michigan at 4 p.m.