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Red Raiders Daily: Tech Puts 31 On All Big 12 Academic

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Texas Tech athletics put 31 on the All Big 12 academic rookie team this year, TexasTech.com has the details about these student athletes impressive academic achievements.

The Big 12 Conference honored a total of 31 Texas Tech student-athletes on the 2013-14 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, as announced by the league office on Thursday.

Volleyball’s Courtney Ensch and Marguerite Grubb along with Men’s Tennis freshman Maxime Hinnisdaels led the way for the Red Raiders as three of 35 athletes in the Big 12 with a 4.00 GPA.

Others honored were: Matt Broadbent (Baseball), Dylan Dusek (Baseball), Ryan Long (Baseball),Ryan Moseley (Baseball), Dylan Cantrell (Football), Justis Nelson (Football), Hannes Ronneblad (Men’s Golf), Maddy Crabtree (Soccer), Alyssa Jacobs (Soccer), Madison McAdams (Soccer),Meagan McCullough (Soccer), Kendyl Pirkey (Soccer), Stephanie Sorrells (Soccer), Ashley Fultz(Softball), Brittany Lee (Softball), Kierra Miles (Softball), Brittany Warnecke (Softball), Jolan Cailleau (Men’s Tennis), Lynn Kiro (Women’s Tennis), Nicholas Melott (Men’s Tennis), Beatriz Machado Santos (Women’s Tennis), Jocelyn Caro (Track & Field), Viershanie Latham (Track & Field), Andi Morgan (Track & Field), Paetyn Revell (Track & Field), Reece Timmons (Track & Field),Blake Wood (Track & Field) and Katie Daffer (Volleyball).

Texas finished atop the breakdown of honorees with 71 followed by Oklahoma with 69, Baylor and Kansas with 50, respectively.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team must be new, first-time/incoming freshman that have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial coursework and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Additionally, the student-athlete must have participated in at least one of their team’s scheduled contests and must have been a member of their respective team for their sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.

Senior outfielder Adam Kirsch signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees after returning home from Omaha yesterday, The Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports.

Texas Tech senior outfielder/designated hitter Adam Kirsch has signed a free-agent contract with the New York Yankees.

He becomes the fifth Red Raider to be drafted/sign free agent with a Major League Baseball organization this month, according to a news release from Texas Tech.

Kirsch will report Monday to Tampa, Florida, the site of the Yankees’ Class-A Advanced organization, the Tampa Yankees, the release states.

Kirsch, an All-Big 12 first team selection and the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, played one season at Tech batting .307 (69-for-225) with 37 runs, 21 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 51 RBI.

He ranked among the top players in the Big 12 in total bases (126, 2nd), home runs (3rd) and RBI (3rd). He led the league in slugging percentage (.560) and tied for the Big 12 lead with teammate Bryant Burleson with 21 doubles.

Kirsch paced the Red Raiders in eight NCAA Tournament games leading the team batting .360 (9-for-25) with four extra-base hits, three RBI and six walks with a .484 on-base percentage. Kirsch also led Tech at the College World Series batting .500 (4-for-8) in two games, the release states.

Kirsch hit safely in 12 of the final 13 games of the season, posted six game-winning RBI and ranked second on the team with 15 two-out RBI.

Kirsch is the first Red Raider to be drafted by or sign as a free agent with the Yankees since 2003 when right-handed pitcher Jeff Karstens was selected in the 19th round (No. 574 overall) by the Yankees.

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