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June 17th, 2008
Goldschmidt named Student-Athlete of Year

Witek earns spot on first team as well

League officials released the 2008 Capital One Southland Conference All-Academic baseball teams today and Texas State Bobcat Paul Goldschmidt was named Student-Athlete of the year and Adam Witek earned first team honors.

Goldschmidt, a native of The Woodlands, Texas, adds the honor to his ever-growing accolades for his 2008 season performance. While on the field, Goldschmidt led the league in home runs (17), garnering this year’s SLC Hitter of the Year award, falling one round trip shy of tying Texas State’s single-season record.

While maintaining a 3.82 grade point average in finance, the sophomore ended the 2008 season in the top ten of eight offensive categories, ranking second in RBI (69) and total bases (157). Goldschmidt was also the lone sophomore awarded All-SLC first team honors.

Academically, Goldschmidt has been a Dean’s List recipient each semester of his collegiate career and was given the Oak Farms Academic Achievement award in 2006 and 2007.

Witek, a Schertz, Texas product, joins Goldschmidt on the All-Academic first team. Witek holds a 3.19 grade point average in agriculture business management and also earned the Oak Farms Dairy Academic Achievement award in 2005-2007. Witek started 51 games for the Bobcats in 2008 and stole 16-of-21 bases for an eighth-place standing in the league. Witek was selected to the All-Southland first team for his efforts at second base. He concluded the year with 75 hits that produces a .342 batting average.

The All-Academic first team fills out with UTSA’s Bradley Chovanec (pitcher), Ryan Rummel (infield) and Michael Rockett (outfield). Josh Black (pitcher) and Matt Schexnayder (catcher) from Southeastern Louisiana and Sam Houston State pair Todd Sebek (outfield) and Bobby Verbick (designated hitter) were each named to the team, as well as Northwestern State’s Mike Jaworski (infield) and A&M-Corpus Christi’s Paul Saville (outfield).

The Southland Conference baseball all-academic teams are voted on by the league’s head coaches, sports information baseball directors and compliance/academic office of each member institution. The criteria for consideration to the all-academic team is a minimum of 3.00cumulative grade point average throughout the semester prior to the sports championship. The nominees must have completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution prior to the season in which the nomination occurs and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games in the position accredited to the nominee.

By AMBER ARTERBERRY
Assistant Sports Information Director

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0 thoughts on “Goldschmidt named Student-Athlete of Year

  1. Most people look at the statistics and the accolades that the premier player achieves. And rightly so. Paul is my nephew, the son of my sister. I have only one comment about Paul. He is an outstanding person regardless of his achievements in baseball or the classroom. I am extremely proud of him, not only for his progress in the baseball world, but more importantly, his progress as an outstanding American citizen. He is someone that any young man or woman can look up to and say “there is someone who I can emulate. “

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