Diamond Dogs Post Record Team GPA

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Months before its 2006 season opener, the Mississippi State University baseball team has already made an entry in the MSU baseball record book.

The Baseball Bulldogs recorded a 3.20 team grade point average for the 2005 fall semester, the highest single semester team GPA for baseball since MSU began tracking team grade point averages in 1989. It also marked the first time the Baseball Bulldogs had eclipsed the 3.00 GPA milestone.

"We have a great tradition for academic success in our baseball program at Mississippi State," said Mississippi State head baseball coach Ron Polk. "We're excited that this year's team has added to that tradition with a school-record semester in the classroom. It makes a statement about the type of young men we have in our program and the great job that Ray Berryhill and his staff continue to do in the office of athletic academics."

Of 43 players on MSU's fall roster, 29 (67 percent) compiled grade point averages of 3.0 or better, with 12 players earning Dean's List or President's List status and four posting perfect 4.0 GPA's.

The men's sports teams at Mississippi State also established a school record with a combined 2.75 grade point average in the just-concluded fall semester.

The Baseball Bulldogs set a school record and led the Southeastern Conference in June with 17 SEC Baseball Academic Honor Roll selections in 2005. The SEC first honored its scholar-athletes with academic all-conference designation in 1971. In 34 years State players have been accorded academic all-conference or honor roll status 202 times, 52 times more than the next league team.

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