Barker, Poncedeleon Named to C-USA Baseball All-Academic Team

    May 20, 2013

    IRVING, Texas - University of Houston Baseball junior battery mates Caleb Barker and Daniel Poncedeleon were recognized among the league's elite on the 2013 Conference USA All-Academic Team, announced Monday.

    In order to be recognized, student-athletes must hold a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, be of at least a sophomore academic standing and be a starter or key reserve for the team.

    This duo named to the 13-man team is the first time Houston has landed two players on this list since 2008. The program has had a representative for the last seven years.

    Under head coach Todd Whitting, Houston has maintained at least a 3.00 team GPA in every semester he has been at the helm. The Cougars recorded a department wide-most 25 student-athletes on the Commissioner's Honor Roll, while two were named to Academic Medals. Barker and Poncedeleon helped Houston Baseball to a program-best 3.17 GPA during Fall 2012.

    Caleb Barker
    Junior | C | Keller, Texas 
    Organizational Leadership & Supervision | 3.86 GPA

    • Earned a C-USA Academic Medal for a 3.75 GPA or higher
    • Named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
    • Holds the highest GPA on the team with players with at least a sophomore standing
    • Has appeared in 54 of the 55 games and started 51 as the Cougar catcher
    • Ranks second in the league and is tied for the team lead with 43 RBI
    • Hitting .258 with 51 hits and 26 runs scored
    • Is third-best on the team with eight doubles and tied for the team lead with three homeruns
    • Holds a .990 fielding percentage with 350 putouts and 38 assists
    • Leads Houston with 12 multi-RBI games, including three four RBI games
    • Has 15 multi-hit games and recorded a 10-game hitting streak during the season
    • Named to the Astros Foundation College Classic All-Tournament team
    • Helped Houston to its best 25-game start at 21-4 since 1989, while breaking into the Top 25 national rankings for the first time since 2006.



    Daniel Poncedeleon
    Junior | RHP | La Mirada, Calif. 
    Pyschology | 3.27 GPA

    • Named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
    • Earned C-USA Pitcher of the Week honors (April 1) following his complete game, five-hitter, with a career-tying eight strikeouts in win at Memphis
    • Tied for the team lead with 14 starts
    • Holds a C-USA record of 5-1 to lead the league in wins
    • Is 7-4 on the year with 80.0 total innings
    • Has fanned 61, 35 of which have come against league opponents
    • Combined for a shutout in his 7.0-inning, four hit, five strikeout win over Texas A&M-CC (March 8)
    • Won a stretch of four-straight games after moving from Sunday to Friday as Houston's starter
    • Helped Houston to its best 25-game start at 21-4 since 1989, while breaking into the Top 25 national rankings for the first time since 2006.

    Caleb Barker | Houston | Jr. | 3.86 | Organizational Leadership & Supervision
    Daniel Poncedeleon | Houston | Jr. | 3.27 | Pyschology
    Drew Reynolds | East Carolina | Jr. | 3.43 | Physical Education
    Ethan Gross | Memphis | Jr. | 3.88 | Supply Chain Management
    Tucker Tubbs | Memphis | So. | 3.90 | Accounting
    Sam Moll | Memphis | Jr. | 3.71 | Accounting
    Zach Willis | Memphis | Jr. | 3.88 | Accounting
    Austin Roussel | Southern Miss | Sr. | 3.40 | Construction Engineering
    Brandon Boudreaux | Tulane | Sr. | 3.69 | Management
    Bowen Woodson | Tulane | Sr. | 3.45 | Chemistry
    Ryan Prinzing | UAB | Jr. | 3.62 | Management
    Tyler Mims | UAB | So. | 3.92 | Industrial Distribution
    Parker Webster | UCF | Jr. | 3.50 | Interdisciplinary Studies 

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    Houston will open C-USA Championship play this Thursday at 11 a.m. vs. East Carolina at Rice's Reckling Park. The Cougars will continue tournament play at 3 p.m. Friday vs. Southern Miss and 3 p.m. Saturday vs. Tulane.

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