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Two WCC Players Recognized as Capital One Academic All-America Selections

May 25, 2011

TOWSON, Md. -- Two West Coast Conference student-athletes were recognized for their academic and athletic success. University of Portland senior closer Chris Dennis and Gonzaga University redshirt senior catcher Cameron Edman were named to the Capital One Academic All-America teams, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America Tuesday. Dennis is a second team selection, and Edman a third.

A native of Bothell, Wash., Dennis is the all-time saves leader in UP program history with 23 career stops. This season, Dennis has nine saves, while boasting an ERA of 2.41. He is 2-2 overall, has 41 strikeouts in 37.1 innings and he's holding opposing hitters to a .160 batting average. A finance major with a 3.8 grade point average, Dennis was selected to the NCBWA Pre-Season All-American First Team and to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Second Team. He's also a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist.

Edman, who has a bachelor's degree in applied communication studies and is pursuing a master's degree in organizational leadership, owns a 3.62 undergraduate cumulative grade-point average and a 3.92 graduate GPA.

"It is quite an honor to be named to the Academic All-America team," Edman said. "A lot of people don't realize how difficult it is to juggle school and baseball so it feels great to know that my hard work is being recognized. All throughout college I was committed to keeping my grades level with my athletic achievements and even though this is the first year I have received this award, I feel like this honor is a culmination of my hard work over the last five years."

The two-time West Coast Conference/Rawlings Player of the Week has played in all of the Bulldogs 49 games this season. He is hitting .345 and paces the ballclub in doubles (22) and home runs (9). He also has a triple and 33 RBI.

Nominations and voting for the Capital One Academic All-District Teams are conducted by members of CoSIDA. To be eligible, student-athletes must be a starter or an important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA - on a 4.0 scale - at his or her current institution. Nominees in graduate school must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better both as an undergrad and in grad school. Nominated athletes also must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position.

-from gozags.com and portlandpilots.com