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Preston Mott is the UC San Diego baseball program's second Academic All-American.

Preston Mott Earns First Career Academic All-America Distinction as Member of Second Team

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AUSTIN, Texas - University of California San Diego senior Preston Mott was named last Wednesday as a Google Cloud Academic All-American for the NCAA Division II, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Mott made the 12-player second team as one of two pitchers. He is a first-time Academic All-American, and just the second in UC San Diego's program history after back-to-back honoree and fellow pitcher Elias Tuma in 2011 and 2012. Mott was last month tabbed as the Tritons' first three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 honoree, with Tuma one of three two-timers in previous years. That selection advanced him to the Academic All-America ballot.

Mott is one of two Academic All-Americans from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), joined on the second team by Stanislaus State senior second baseman Vinny Margiotta. One other West Region program was represented, with Montana State Billings senior outfielder Matt Dillon finding a spot on the third team.

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 this weekend.

Mott went 9-1 with a 2.51 ERA over 15 appearances, 12 of them starts. He led the Tritons in ERA and strikeouts (68), and was second in wins, starts and innings pitched (79.0), with batters hitting just .226 against him. The left-hander out of Clovis (Clovis HS) leaves the program at No. 6 in the record book in wins (27), fifth in strikeouts (234) and seventh in innings (308.0). He is also second for at least the Division II era, since 2001, with his 55 career starts. Mott wound up 27-10 with a 3.39 career ERA. He answered the call for double-digit starts in all four of his years.

Mott struck out a career-high 12 batters over just 6.0 frames, in relief, at Stan State on April 7. His final outing was a gem, combining on a four-hit, 5-0 shutout of No. 11 Catawba (NC) in UC San Diego's first game of the NCAA Championship in Cary, N.C., on Sunday, June 2. Mott fired the first 6.2 innings, scattering four singles and a walk while punching out six. He aided the Tritons to three straight West Region trophies.

Mott was a unanimous All-West Region Second Team selection by all three Division II postseason award entities as both a junior and a senior. He was voted to the 2019 All-CCAA Second Team after being a 2018 first-teamer.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

Mott on Thursday night was also tabbed as UC San Diego's male Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete, and one of six Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award recipients, during the athletics department's annual recognition banquet. The latter goes to the six senior student-athletes with the highest grade-point averages. Mott was also the first baseball standout to earn that distinction since Tuma in 2012, and third all-time after James Ferguson in 2008. He was the baseball team's first Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete since Garrett Imeson for the 2008-09 academic year.

About UC San Diego Athletics
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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