DALLAS – Conference USA’s commitment to off-field excellence continues as 11 baseball student-athletes have been named to the 2019 InTouch Credit Union Baseball All-Academic Team. Honorees must hold a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2 and have competed in at least 75 percent of their team’s games.
2019 InTouch Credit Union C-USA Baseball All-Academic Team
Dominick Cammarata, Charlotte, R-Sr., IF, Asheville, North Carolina | 3.71 Psychology/Biology
Chris Clayton, Louisiana Tech, Sr., C, Falls Church, Virginia | 3.81 Political Science
Steele Netterville, Louisiana Tech, So., OF, Shreveport, Louisiana | 3.85 Biology
Tucker Linder, Marshall, R-Sr., Tallmadge, Ohio | 4.0 Leadership Studies
Joshua Shapiro, Marshall, Sr., RHP, Columbus, Ohio | 3.79 Accounting
Tommy Bell, Old Dominion, So., IF, Kettering, Ohio | 3.81 Geography
Jackson Parthasarathy, Rice, Sr., P, Austin, Texas | 3.52 Mechanical Engineering
*Matt Canterino, Rice, Jr., RHP, Southlake, Texas | 3.96 Mechanical Engineering
Hunter Slater, Southern Miss, R-Sr., 1B, Mobile, Alabama | 3.36 Biological Sciences
Bradley Griggs, UTSA, Sr., LHP, Castroville, Texas | 3.74 Business Finance
Dillon Nelson, WKU, R-Jr., DH, Omaha, Nebraska | 3.71 Sport Management
Matt Canterino headlines as a repeat honoree in 2019. Rice’s pitcher is a three-time recipient of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal for his 3.96 GPA in mechanical engineering. The junior leads the team with six wins and 2.93 ERA. He is tied for the second in the conference with 103 strikeouts.
Also representing Rice is Jackson Parthasarathy. The senior mechanical engineering major compiled a 3.52 GPA and is a four-time selection to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar qualifier is third on the team with four wins and 59 strikeouts.
Louisiana Tech garnered a pair of honorees in Chris Clayton and Steele Netterville. Clayton holds a 3.81 GPA while majoring in political science. The senior has the highest GPA among all 12 graduating seniors on the Bulldog baseball team. He was named to the 2019 Buster Posey Award watch list, recognizing the top collegiate catchers in the nation.
Netterville owns the highest GPA on the Louisiana Tech squad with his 3.85 as a biology major. The sophomore leads the Bulldogs in extra-base hits – 16 doubles, one triple and seven home runs – and is third on the team with 38 RBI. He is a two-time recipient of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal.
Marshall received multiple selections, as Tucker Linder and Joshua Shapiroearned spots on this year’s team. Linder boasts an unblemished 4.00 GPA while majoring in leadership studies. The redshirt senior has not missed a game this season, starting all 51. He is second on the Thundering Herd with 71 hits and had a 28-game streak of reaching a base safely this season.
With a 3.79 GPA in accounting, Shapiro has been named to the league’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll every year of his career with Marshall. The senior leads the Thundering Herd with 68 strikeouts and is tied for first with five wins in 72 innings pitched.
Charlotte’s Dominick Cammarata, a biology and psychology major, has maintained a 3.71 GPA. The redshirt senior is putting together a career year, hitting .297 with seven home runs and 29 RBI. His seven homers rank third on the team and he has tied or set career-highs in five different offensive categories this season.
Tommy Bell has started all 51 games for Old Dominion this season, tallying 33 RBI, which ranks third on the team. The sophomore geography major holds a 3.81 GPA and received the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal in spring 2018. He has committed just seven errors for a .970 fielding percentage this season.
Southern Miss’ Hunter Slater is a four-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. The redshirt senior penned a 3.36 GPA in biological sciences. He is tied for the team lead with 63 hits and is the sole leader with 50 RBI. This season, Slater tied a pair of school records with three home runs and eight RBI in a win at New Orleans.
A four-year fixture in the UTSA program, Bradley Griggs has maintained a 3.74 GPA in business finance. The Roadrunners’ co-captain owns three wins and has made 27 appearances this campaign. The senior totals 46 strikeouts on the season, good for third on the team.
Rounding out this year’s honorees is WKU’s Dillon Nelson. The redshirt junior is a sport management major with a 3.71 GPA. A two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Nelson is tied for third on the Hilltoppers with 31 RBI and is fourth with a .264 batting average.
The First 2019 C-USA Baseball Championship presented by Air Force Reserve begins Wednesday, May 22, in Biloxi, Mississippi at MGM Park. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, at 1 pm CT.