Three Pac-10 Baseball Players Named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine District 8 Baseball All-Academic Team

May 7, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Three Pac-10 baseball student-athletes have been named to the 2010 Academic District 8 Baseball Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced recently. The three first team selections are CALIFORNIA’s Dixon Anderson, USC’s Chris Mezger and WASHINGTON STATE’s Matt Fanelli

In order to be nominated for the Academic All-District Team, a player must be a starter or significant reserve, have a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and must have completed at least one full academic year at his institution. Voting is done by members of CoSIDA. The members of the first team are placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. 

Anderson, a sophomore pitcher for the Golden Bears was named to the first team with a 3.60 GPA in society & environment. The Piedmont, Calif., native ranks second on the squad in opposing batting average (.274) and innings pitched (60.1), and third in ERA (4.03) and strikeouts (36).

Mezger, a junior pitcher for the Trojans from Boulder, Colo., was named a first team honoree, boasting a 3.77 GPA in linguistics. With four wins on the season, Mezger is tied for the team lead in wins. He ranks fourth on the club in appearances (15), including 14 games he pitched in relief. 

Fanelli, a senior designated hitter, represented the Cougars on the first team. The psychology major from Olympia, Wash., has a 3.78 GPA. Fanelli ranks near the top on multiple offensive categories for the Cougars, including first in RBI (29), second in home runs (4), third in doubles (10), fourth in slugging percentage (.479), and sixth in batting average (.277) and runs scored (21).

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