Preston Mott Earns CoSIDA Academic All-District Recognition for Third Straight Year
LA JOLLA, Calif. - University of California San Diego senior standout Preston Mott was named Thursday morning to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 8 Baseball First Team for the NCAA Division II, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
This latest selection makes Mott a three-time Academic All-District honoree, the maximum possible with freshmen ineligible for the awards. He is one of 11 student-athletes and two pitchers on the team, and one of seven from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Mott advances to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, to be announced in June.
A pharmacological chemistry major with a business minor at UC San Diego's Revelle College, Mott maintains a 3.90 grade-point average. He will graduate in June.
Mott has a 7-1 win-loss record over 12 appearances, nine of them starts, with a stellar 2.80 ERA. He is second on the Tritons with 61.0 innings pitched and 55 strikeouts, with batters hitting just .221 against him. The left-hander out of Clovis (Clovis HS) is third in the program record book for at least the Division II era, since 2001, with his 52 career starts. Mott is also fifth all-time with 221 strikeouts, and tied for seventh with 25 wins in a UC San Diego uniform. He is 10.0 frames away from becoming just the eighth Triton to reach the 300-inning milestone.
Mott is the first UC San Diego baseball student-athlete to earn three CoSIDA Academic All-District selections. Nick La Face (2013-14), Elias Tuma (2011-12) and Garrett Imeson (2007-08) were all two-time honorees.
On Tuesday evening, Mott was voted to the All-CCAA Second Team. He was a first-teamer as a junior, as well as a unanimous All-West Region Second Team pick.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
The fourth-ranked CCAA regular-season champion Tritons (35-12) await Sunday's NCAA Division II Championship selection show, live on NCAA.com beginning at 7 p.m. PT. UC San Diego expects to be in the field of six for the West Regional, and still hopes to host action this coming week, May 16-18, at Triton Ballpark in La Jolla.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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