Jayhawk Infielder Ellrich Named Academic All-America

May 27, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

Senior infielder Justin Ellrich has been named an Academic All-American third team selection by ESPN the Magazine. Ellrich becomes the first Jayhawk baseball player honored on the Academic All-America team since Pete Smart garnered second team honors in 2001. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Ellrich, a senior from <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Manchester, Mo., hit .306 this season with three homers, a double, a triple and nine RBIs. The Kansas infielder nearly extended KU’s season with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning at K-State on May 18, and hit the only pinch hit home run of the season against Baylor on April 5. He also collected the only triple of his career on March 26 against Benedictine. His .306 batting average this season was a career high.

A chemical engineering major with a 3.90 GPA, Ellrich was honored on the academic all-district first team for the second year in a row as well as the Academic All-Big 12 first team.

Ellrich and the Jayhawks completed their season at 30-27 and 9-18 in the conference, just missing the Big 12 baseball Championship.