Two Cougs Named To Academic Team

May 12, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Washington State seniors Collin Henderson and Brandon Reddinger were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Baseball Team Thursday.

Henderson and Reddinger, co-captains of this season's squad, were two of only three players from the Pacific 10 Conference selected to the 12-player team.

Both Washington natives have earned multiple academic awards throughout their Cougar careers for their excellence as student-athletes.

This is the fourth time Henderson has received the award, earning the honor in the spring of 2002 for baseball and twice during the fall in both 2000 and 2001 as a member of the Cougar football team. The Puyallup native is maintaining a 4.00 GPA while working on his master's degree in athletic administration. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports management last spring with a minor in business.

Reddinger, a Kennewick native, is maintaining a 3.71 GPA in biology and was named to the Pacific-10 All-Academic First-Team in the spring of 2002 and 2003.

Henderson is currently batting .244 with 20 RBI. This season, the Puyallup High graduate has recorded four multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games. He drove home seven runs against Texas-Pan American February 28, the most for a Cougar this season. In his three seasons, Henderson is batting .261 with 86 hits and 50 runs scored. Henderson, who also excels defensively, has not committed an error in two years.

Reddinger, a three-year letter winner and WSU's every-day catcher, is batting .276 with 29 runs scored, as the Cougars' starting catcher. The Kamiakin High graduate's top performance of the season came March 21 against Washington, when he went 3-for-3 with two runs driven home and two runs scored. Reddinger is currently leading the Pac-10 with eight runners picked off. During his WSU career, Reddinger is hitting at a .258 clip with 35 RBI.

The only other Pac-10 representative named to the team was Stanford outfielder Danny Putnam.

To be considered for the honor, athletes must carry at least a 3.2 GPA or higher. District VIII consists of schools in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and British Columbia.

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