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Preston Mott is greeted by UC San Diego head coach Eric Newman back on Senior Day on April 28.

Preston Mott Honored as CCAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

UC San Diego

LA JOLLA, Calif. - University of California San Diego senior left-handed starting baseball pitcher Preston Mott has been chosen as the 2019 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The annual distinctions for one male and one female student-athlete from the 13-school league who are completing their eligibility, are voted on by the faculty athletics representatives at each institution. The award focuses on the student-athlete’s work in the classroom, in the community, and in their respective sport.

Mott graduated just yesterday from UC San Diego's Revelle College, with a degree in pharmacological chemistry and a minor in business. He boasted a 3.90 grade-point average through the winter quarter, for which he posted a 4.0 GPA.

Mott is the ninth UC San Diego male student-athlete to earn the award, with former men's basketball scholar Adam Klie the most recent recipient for the 2016-17 academic year. He is the second member of the baseball program to be so recognized, with the other being fellow pitcher Elias Tuma in 2011-12. There have also been four Triton female honorees since 1999-00.

Earlier this month on June 5, Mott became a first-time Google Cloud Academic All-American, making the second team after a third straight Academic All-District 8 First Team selection. He is a three-time CCAA All-Academic and two-time CCAA Spring All-Academic honoree, with one more of each likely still on the way for his senior year in coming days and weeks.

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

Mott went 9-1 with a 2.51 ERA over 15 appearances in 2019, 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 Clovis native (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.

In the community, Mott has been actively involved in the UC San Diego baseball program's ongoing affiliation with Vs. Cancer, raising money and awareness for kids with cancer. He has also promoted and handed out flyers for the San Diego Food Bank Thanksgiving dinner in downtown San Diego.

"Preston is a standout student-athlete who I have had the pleasure of coaching for four seasons," remarked UC San Diego head coach Eric Newman. "He helped lead the team to three straight NCAA West Region titles, and has also mentored younger student-athletes in his role as team captain. He has been recognized on an institutional, conference, regional and national level.

"Preston has very successfully balanced his rigorous academics and athletics schedule. He also served as an athletics department chemistry tutor during the 2017-18 academic year. I have no doubt that he will be a great contributor in his future field of biotechnology and pharmaceutical development."

"Preston is truly one of our best examples of a scholar-athlete, who has achieved at the highest levels both in competition and in the classroom," added UC San Diego Deputy Director of Athletics and baseball sport administrator Wendy Taylor May. "We as a department are incredibly proud of all of his accomplishments, and look forward to seeing what Preston's bright future has in store for him."

Mott is currently applying for jobs in the biotechnology industry. He plans to do research in pharmaceutical development, and contribute to the quality of living by improving and innovating new drugs. Parents Mike and Chi are both pharmacists.

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 82 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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