May 11, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University seniors Jackson Brennan and Patrick Donovan were both named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII team which was released earlier today. The team is voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) and recognizes student-athletes who have excelled both on the field and in the classroom. To be eligible a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 GPA and be a starter or major contributor to their team.
Brennan carries a 3.64 while currently taking graduate level classes towards an MBA degree. The senior from Castle Rock, Colo., is currently hitting .330 with 18 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 36 RBI. He ranks among the West Coast Conference leaders in doubles, triples and home runs while leading the league with 50 runs scored. Brennan's .330 average is currently fourth on the Bulldogs squad while his 18 doubles this season moved him into the Gonzaga single-season Top 10.
Donovan carries a 3.63 in sports management. The senior from Spokane, is currently the Bulldogs top starting pitcher with a 7-4 record in 14 starters. He has a 3.22 ERA allowing only 33 earned runs in 92.1 innings on the mound this season. Donovan has been one of Gonzaga's most consistent pitchers in school history with more than 300 innings on the mound and 19 career wins. He needs one more career win to crack the Gonzaga career list for wins.
The Bulldogs travel to San Diego this weekend for their final weekend of West Coast Conference competition. Gonzaga enters the weekend with a 27-21 record. The Bulldogs will host Washington State and Lewis-Clark State next weekend to end the regular-season.
Brennan and Donovan will now be entered on the national ballot for Academic All-America. Gonzaga baseball has had five players earn Academic All-America honors with Jared Hertz the only one to earn first-team honors in 2001.
Academic All-District VIII Winners
PositionPlayerSchoolYearHometownGPAMajorPitcherPatrick DonovanGonzagaSRSpokane, WA3.65Sports ManagementPitcherDoug FisterFresno StateSRMerced, CA3.35Construction ManagementInfieldBrian SteinmeyerUC RiversideSRCorona, CA3.63Business AdministrationInfieldMatthew PetersPortlandGRLas Vegas, NV3.60 MBAInfieldJustin BaumPacificSOLa Mesa, CA3.80Business AdministrationInfieldJimmy Van OstrandCal PolySRRichmond, B.C.3.37KinesiologyInfieldJay BrossmanUtahJRPullman, WA3.33Exercise and sports scienceOutfieldJackson BrennanGonzagaGRCastle Rock, CO3.64MBAOutfieldAmos BurgessSouthern UtahSRAlpine, UT3.79GermanOutfieldSteve SusdorfFresno StateSONewhall, CA3.71Civil EngineeringOutfieldChris JensenUCLASRSan Diego, CA3.50Civil Engineering