May 11, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior designated hitter Chris Carlson and sophomore third baseman Ian Hollick were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 6 first team today. The honor is the second of Carlson's career and the first for Hollick.
Carlson, who was a district first team and all-america second team selection last season, is currently hitting .342 with a team-high 19 home runs and 65 RBI, starting in all 49 games. The Topeka, Kan. native, who has also played 11 games at first base, ranks fifth in the nation in home runs, ninth in RBI and 34th in slugging percentage. Carlson leads the Mountain West Conference in RBI, home runs, total bases and sacrifice flies, while placing in the top-10 in batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits and times hit by a pitch. Carlson has garnered several honors in his career, including 2005 Louisville Slugger All-American, 2006 Preseason Louisville Slugger All-American, Collegiate Baseball's Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (4/17/06) and Mountain West Conference Player of the Week (4/17/06) honors. Carlson is excelling in the classroom as well, posting a 3.69 GPA in Management.
In order to qualify for nomination, the athlete must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in both undergrad and graduate work. He must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at the institution and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.