Diamond Dogs Set Record With 3.36 Fall Grade Point Average

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's baseball athletes knocked the ball out of the park when it came to their classwork during the 2012 fall semester.

MSU's 39 baseball players compiled a school-record 3.36 grade point average. Out of 233 grades earned, only two fell below a grade of "C".

It's the third school-record fall semester performance in the classroom in the past five years for Mississippi State baseball. The athletic academics office began tracking student-athlete grades for comparative purposes in 1993.

"We are extremely proud of our players and their strong commitment to academic excellence," said MSU head baseball coach John Cohen. "All of the credit goes to them and to their families who have given them a strong foundation for high levels of academic success."

Thirty-three of 39 Diamond Dogs earned at GPA of 3.00 or better while five --- freshman Callahan Brown (Jupiter, Fla.), senior Sam Frost (Hoover, Ala.), sophomore Jonathan Holder (Gulfport, Miss.), senior Trey Porter (Hurley, Miss.) and freshman Zack Randolph (Amory, Miss.) earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages. They were joined on the fall 2012 President's Scholar List by junior C.T. Bradford (Pace, Fla.), freshman Alex Deise (Potomac, Md.), junior Adam Frazier (Bishop, Ga.), senior Chad Girodo (Hartselle, Ala.), and freshman John Marc Shelly (Germantown, Tenn.).

Eight players registered GPA's of 3.50 or better to earn 2012 Dean's Scholar List honors: freshman Preston Brown (Germantown, Tenn.), junior Alex Detz (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), sophomore Trevor Fitts (Helena, Ala.), freshman Nick Flair (Belle Chasse, La.), sophomore Tyler Fullerton (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), freshman Daniel Garner (Madison, Ala.), sophomore Jacob Lindgren (Bay St. Louis, Miss.) and sophomore Brandon Woodruff (Wheeler, Miss.).

Mississippi State opens its 2013 campaign and a school-record 37-game home schedule Feb. 15-17 at Dudy Noble Field with a four-game series against first-time foe Portland.


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