May 1, 2014
HOUSTON – Houston Baseball sophomore Justin Montemayor was recently honored for his work both on the field and in the classroom when he was named to the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District Team, announced Thursday afternoon by the national organization.
Montemayor was one of just 11 baseball student-athletes and the only designated hitter honored on this year’s District 7 team.
The Austin, Texas native has continued his strong play into his sophomore season having played in all 45 games for the Cougars this year. Montemayor is hitting .312 and is tied for the team-lead with 11 doubles, ranks second on the squad with 53 hits and is third-best with 23 RBI.
The left-handed hitting Cougar recently became the first Cougar in program history to record three doubles in more than one game, which he accomplished in one weekend. He ranks second on the team with 15 multi-hit games and first with two games of four hits.
In conference play, Montemayor leads the team with a .345 average and 20 hits.
He has played an integral role on the Cougars’ success as Houston currently ranks as high as No. 13 in the nation and holds a record of 33-12 through 45 games.
Montemayor’s efforts in the classroom landed him a spot on the Academic All-District Team as he owns a 3.30 grade point average (GPA), while pursuing a degree in business at the University of Houston.
He is no stranger to being honored for his academic and athletic success as he earned a C-USA Academic Medal and was named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll all while being tabbed a Freshman All-American and C-USA’s Freshman of the Year in 2013.
Montemayor becomes the sixth Cougar in program history to be named to an Academic All-District Team and first since Jonathan Davis was honored back in 2012. Under head coach Todd Whitting, Montemayor is the second in just four seasons.
District 7 Academic Team: P Doug Ashby, Baylor; P Doug Curtiss, Texas, C Russell Vaughan, Texas A&M-CC; INF Caleb Palensky, Nebraska-Omaha; INF Sam Haggerty, New Mexico; INF Clayton Taylor, Nebraska-Omaha; INF Ross Kivett, Kansas State; OF Dylan Fitzgerald, TCU; OF Gage Green, Oklahoma State; OF Jason Stone, Incarnate Word; DH Justin Montemayor, Houston
ABOUT CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
In order to be considered for this award, all nominees, submitted by the institution’s Sports Information Director, must be a starter or key reserve, playing in over 50 percent of the team’s games. The student-athlete must also be of sophomore standing and hold a grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.30.
Montemayor will now be nominated and up to receive Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in the next voting process.
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