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Nine Longhorns earn Academic All-Big 12 Baseball honors


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The Texas Longhorns had nine athletes named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team the league announced on Tuesday

Senior Austin Dicharry and sophomores Jacob Felts and Nathan Thornhill earned Academic All-Big 12 Baseball First Team recognition.

Seniors Kevin Lusson and Hunter Wilcox and sophomores Corey Knebel, Mark Payton, Alex Silver and Erich Weiss were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Second Team. Lusson also garnered second-team notoriety in 2010.

The mark of nine honorees matched the highest total in school history that Texas posted in 1997. In 2008 and 2011, the Longhorns recorded eight Academic All-Big 12 performers.

A total of 60 student athletes were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team, including 34 first-teamers. The Longhorns' nine honorees ranked third behind only Texas Tech (11) and Baylor (10).

Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the baseball academic all-league squad consisted of 40 first team members combined with 21 on the second team. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second-team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters. All position players nominated must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests, while pitchers are required to have at least one inning pitched per game played by the team or have appeared in 20 percent of their team's total games. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

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