Baylor baseball led the conference with 17 Academic All-Big 12 choices, including a league-best 13 first team honorees, the league announced Tuesday. The Bears set a new program record for total choices for a second straight year (15 in 2017) as they’ve now had 10 or more honorees in seven straight seasons.
BU has had at least nine honorees in 10 straight seasons. In the league’s 22-year history, Baylor has earned 156 first team selections, which are 51 more than any other team in the league. Individually, Cody Bradford was one of three in the conference with a 4.00 GPA and Richard Cunningham and Levi Gilcrease were two of four to earn first team distinction for a third time.
The Bears’ first team selections were Bradford, Cunningham, Gilcrease, Joe Heineman, Kyle Hill, Tucker Johnson, Ryan Leckich, Alex Phillips, T.J. Raguse, Andy Thomas, Cole Weaver, Davis Wendzel and Jimmy Winston.
Heineman, Hill, Phillips and Raguse garnered the honors for the second straight season, while Johnson, Leckich, Thomas, Weaver, Wendzel and Winston were first-timers.
Baylor’s second team choices were Luke Boyd, Tucker Cascadden, Troy Montemayor and Drew Robertson.
Cascadden and Montemayor earned the accolades for the second season in a row, while Boyd and Robertson picked up the awards for the first time.
First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold 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 and must have participated in 20 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. 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.
Baylor Academic All-Big 12 First Team
Cody Bradford | So. | Supply Chain Management | Aledo, Texas
Richard Cunningham | Jr. | Business | Austin, Texas
Levi Gilcrease | Sr. | History/Political Science | Odessa, Fla.
Joe Heineman | Sr. | Risk Management Insurance | Southlake, Texas
Kyle Hill | Jr. | Finance | Corpus Christi, Texas
Tucker Johnson | Sr. | Finance | China Springs, Texas
Ryan Leckich | So. | Finance | Port Neches, Texas
Alex Phillips | Sr. | Sports Management | Nacagdoches, Texas
T.J. Raguse | Jr. | Finance | Georgetown, Texas
Andy Thomas | So. | Finance | Murrieta, Calif.
Cole Weaver | Jr. | Health, Kinesiology & Leisure Studies | Carlsbad, Calif.
Davis Wendzel | So. | Management | San Clemente, Calif.
Jimmy Winston | So. | Finance | Houston, Texas
Baylor Academic All-Big 12 Second Team
Luke Boyd | So. | Business | Ventura, Calif.
Tucker Cascadden | Sr. | Film, Digital Media | Houston, Texas
Troy Montemayor | Sr. | Sports, Sponsorship & Sales | San Antonio, Texas
Drew Robertson | Sr. | Communication | Tyler, Texas