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McCrotty Named to District VI Academic All-Ame

BY ANDRES FOCIL
McCrotty Named to District VI Academic All-Ame
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas junior Wes McCrotty has been named to the GTE Academic All-America Baseball Team for District VI by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A left-handed pitcher and first baseman from Russellville, Ark., McCrotty is one of eleven student-athletes representing eight different institutions selected to this year’s District VI team. District VI is comprised of all schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with a grade-point average of at least 3.20 (on a 4.0 scale) for his career and have reached sophomore academic and athletic standing. True freshmen, redshirt freshmen and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible for nomination.

McCrotty and the other 10 selections from District VI will appear on the national Academic All-America ballot. The 2000 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America Baseball Team will be announced on June 6.

A junior kinesiology major, McCrotty was named to the 1999 Southeastern Conference academic honor roll. Last fall, he was one of two UA baseball student-athletes to earn a 4.0 grade-point average and one of 21 to earn at least a 3.0.

A career .292 hitter with a 6-8 pitching record in nearly three full seasons at Arkansas, McCrotty has 19 pitching appearances this season and 30 games played at first base. He is batting .239 this season with a 0-6 record and 10.84 earned-run average.

McCrotty will be the Razorbacks’ starting pitcher Friday night as Arkansas (22-29, 6-19 Southeastern Conference) opens a three-game series with Mississippi (29-23, 11-15 SEC) at the Rebels’ Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Friday’s and Saturday’s games are set for 6:30 p.m. CT while Sunday’s series finale will begin at 1:37 p.m. CT.

The series marks the end of the 2000 season for the Hogs, who have been eliminated from contention for a berth in next week’s eight-team SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. The Rebels, however, are clinging to the eighth and final spot in the tournament with a league winning percentage just .023 ahead of Tennessee (40-20, 10-15 SEC) and .058 better than Kentucky (34-18-1, 9-16-1 SEC). The Volunteers must face No. 1 South Carolina on the road this weekend while UK will meet Vanderbilt in a three-game series in Nashville.

2000 GTE/CoSIDA DISTRICT VI ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAM
POSITION – NAME, INSTITUTION
P – Kyle Evans, Baylor
P – Joey Cramblitt, Mississippi
C – John Lukin, Rice
INF – WES McCROTTY, ARKANSAS
INF – Brett Smith, Rice
INF – Preston Underdown, Baylor
INF – Jude Voltz, Mississippi
OF – Kirk Bradley, McNeese State
OF – Carlos Gautreaux, Oklahoma State
OF – Matt Rosenberg, Texas
DH – Ty Martin, Mississippi State



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