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June 19th, 2008
Goldschmidt wins student-athlete of year in baseball


Texas State first baseman Paul Goldschmidt won Student-Athlete of the Year honors, while teammate Adam Witek was named to the Southland Conference academic first team in annual awards announced by the league this week.

Goldschmidt, a native of The Woodlands, led the league in home runs (17), garnering this year’s SLC Hitter of the Year award and falling one round homer 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 product, joins Goldschmidt on the All-Academic first team. The junior 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, stealing 16 bases in 21 attempts 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 produced a .342 batting average.

The All-Academic first team filled out with Texas-San Antonio’s Bradley Chovanec (pitcher), Ryan Rummel (infield) and Michael Rockett (outfield). Along with 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 3.00 cumulative grade point average throughout the semester before to the sport’s championship. The nominees must have completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution before 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.

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