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Four WCC Student-Athletes Named to All-Academic District 8 First Team

May 10, 2015

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Four West Coast Conference Baseball student-athletes have captured Capital One Academic All-District 8 accolades as announced by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA). Sophomore catcher Aaron Barnett (Pepperdine), senior infielder Mitchell Gunsolus (Gonzaga), senior infielder Dillon Robinson (BYU) and junior outfielder Bel Wylly (San Diego) were selected for the prestigious list.

Players voted to the all-district team have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

Aaron Barnett boasts a 3.71 GPA as an economics major at Pepperdine. The Waves' standout sophomore is the only catcher on the list and has the fifth highest GPA on the District 8 squad.

Barnett was a Freshman All-American last season as he helped to guide the Waves to an appearance in the NCAA Super Regional. This season he is second on the team with a .302 batting average, posting a team-high 51 hits. He is the fourth-toughest player to strike out in the country this year, averaging 21.3 at-bats per strikeout. Barnett has been a mainstay in the middle of the Waves' lineup this year, starting 43 of the team's 46 games so far.

Barnett is the third Wave to earn the academic all-district honor and is the first since Steve Kleen in 2005. Pete Nicholson (1972) and Rick Hirtensteiner (1989) are the only two Waves to ever earn Academic All-American honors.

Senior infielder Mitchell Gunsolus, the Zags' third baseman, owns a 3.45 GPA as a business major. On the diamond, Gunsolus has been the Bulldogs' spark plug this season, ranking among the team's top three in every offensive category. He's on pace for career highs with a .324 batting average, .503 slugging percentage, 38 runs scored, and 58 hits. Additionally, he's already set career marks in doubles, home runs, and runs batted in. Gunsolus will leave Gonzaga among the program's top 10 in career walks and top three in triples.

This is Gunsolus' first Academic All-District honor but not his first academic award. He's earned a spot on the West Coast Conference's All-Academic team in each of the last two years.

Infielder Dillon Robinson of BYU baseball was named a repeat selection to the Capital One Academic All-District ® Eight Baseball Team. The 6-foot-3 senior from Pleasant Grove, Utah, is one of four players from the West Coast Conference voted to the team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, along with four other players from the Pac-12 Conference.

Robinson has a 3.58 cumulative grade point average in finance and graduated last month from BYU. Robinson leads the Cougars with a .366 batting average, 39 RBI and 16 doubles. The Cougar starting third/first baseman also has hit two triples and four home runs.

Junior outfielder Ben Wylly received regional academic honors Thursday, earning a spot on the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District team for District 8.

Wylly, a 6-3 redshirt junior from Irvine, Calif., has a 3.95 GPA as a political science major. He's set to graduate at the end of this academic year, with his Bachelor's degree. On the diamond, Wylly has been a valuable member of the Toreros offense and defense. He is currently hitting .253 with 19 hits, five doubles, one triple, two home runs, one of which was a grand slam, and 22 RBI. Wylly has ben a key part of propelling the Toreros into sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference, and has helped USD position themselves with a chance to clinch the WCC title out right this weekend with a home series vs. Pepperdine.

From BYUCougars.com, GoZags.com, PepperdineSports.com and USDToreros.com