Jayhawks Place Four on Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team

May 16, 2006


The University of Kansas placed four players on the Academic All-Big 12 baseball team as announced by the league office on Tuesday. Senior Trey Randa and junior Ryotaro Hayakawa earned All-Big 12 First Team accolades while sophomores Erik Morrison and Brock Simpson were placed on the Second Team.

Hayakawa is tied for third on the team with 19 pitching appearances. The right-hander has struck out 11 batters in 19.0 innings. The Narita, Japan, native is majoring in economics.

A native of McPherson, Kan., Randa is majoring in design at KU. The senior has seen action in four games this season for the Jayhawks, striking out one batter in 3.1 innings of work.

As KU’s starting third baseman, Morrison has a team-high 11 home runs while compiling a .291 batting average with 40 RBI. The Arroyo Grande, Calif., native is majoring in sport management.

Simpson has started 46 games in the outfield or as KU’s designated hitter this season. The Topeka, Kan., native is hitting .305 with 30 RBI. Simpson is majoring in pre-business.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all league baseball squad consisted of 33 first team members combined with 12 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters. All players nominated must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests, while pitchers are required to have at least one inning pitched per game played by the team or have appeared in 20 percent of their team’s total games. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.