Fritz Earns Academic Honor

West Virginia University baseball player Lee Fritz has been named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Fritz, a three-time Academic All-District II selection, becomes the program's fourth Academic All-American and only the second Mountaineer to earn first-team honors joining Matt Schubert (1991). The senior held a 3.81 grade-point average as an exercise physiology graduate.

"Lee Fritz is one of those rare student-athletes that come through a program only so often," says head coach Greg Van Zant. "Lee has worked extremely hard in the classroom and on the field while serving as a leader to his teammates. Lee is a well-deserved recipient having represented his university, his team and himself to the fullest. This coaching staff could not be more proud of him."

Fritz led the Mountaineers in batting for the third straight year while placing in the top three of nearly every offensive category. Fritz batted a team-best . 379 with 13 doubles, five home runs and 45 runs batted in 2005 while earning all-Big East honors for the third time.

The Waynesburg, Pa., resident leaves WVU ranked third all-time in career batting average with a .378 clip and third in career hits with 230. He was one of the nation's toughest batters to strikeout, fanning only 56 times in 608 career at-bats. Fritz was a first-team all-conference selection in 2004 and 2005 and a second-team pick in 2003.

To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on his team.


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