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Texas Longhorns Baseball – John Curtiss Named to Academic All-District 7 Baseball Team

(Image via University of Texas Athletics)

(Image via University of Texas Athletics)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas pitcher John Curtiss has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 baseball team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.

Curtiss is one of two pitchers selected to the District 7 team, which also includes a catcher, designated hitter, four infielders and three outfielders. Curtiss now advances to the national ballot for Academic All-America.

On the field, Curtiss has a 1-0 record with a 1.05 ERA in 25 2/3 innings pitched. As Texas’ closer, he has picked up seven saves and is holding opponents to a .161 batting average, allowing just 14 hits this season. He has also recorded 18 strikeouts.

In the classroom, Curtiss owns a 3.85 GPA and is a double major in English and history with Plan I honors. A redshirt junior, he is set to graduate this summer. He is the recipient of the Lorene L. Rogers Scholar-Athlete Award at Texas, presented to graduating male and female student-athletes who have the highest overall GPA.

Curtiss was also named the team Academic MVP in 2014 and earned the Student Services Most Inspired Award in 2012.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in both undergraduate and/or graduate work. He must have also reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his institution and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution. Position players must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at their listed position, while pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched to their credit. The final team is then selected by a vote of members of the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA).

District 7 encompasses all Division I schools in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.