LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Elias Tuma, a former standout relief pitcher on the UC San Diego baseball team, has added yet another academic honor to his expansive haul, earning the West Region Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for 2011-12 from the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association.
Tuma, who earned his degree in cognitive science this past June with a 3.94 grade-point average, was one of 16 individuals recognized. A male and female Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be selected from the regional winners, eight men and eight women.
A Fremont native, Tuma made a school-record 82 appearances over his four-year Triton career, posting a 2.76 ERA with a 7-3 record and 13 saves.
In the classroom, Tuma was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree and the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Male Scholar-Athlete Award recipient for 2011-12.
Sonoma State volleyball player Keala Peterson, a double major in anthropology and psychology (3.96 GPA), gave the CCAA a sweep of the awards for the West.
Women's Regional Winners
Christine Cuffari - The College of Saint Rose - Women's Soccer - Business Administration (3.73)
Neely Spense - Shippensburg - Cross Country - Human Communications Studies (3.85)
Liz Willis - Wingate University - Women's Volleyball - Biology (3.87)
Morgan Johnson - Valdosta State University - Softball (3.66)
Lindsay Lettow - University of Central Missouri - Women's Track & Field - Psychology/Spanish minor (3.84)
Keala Peterson - Sonoma State University - Women's Volleyball - Anthropology/Psychology (3.96)
Kendra Huettl - Minnesota State University-Mankato - Softball - Nursing (3.99)
Amanda Putt - Hillsdale College - Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - Biology (3.80)
Men's Regional Winners
Nick DiAntonio - Assumption College -Football -Mathematics/Secondary Education (3.98)
Christopher Copeland - Saint Augustine's College - Men's Track & Field - Sports Management (3.64)
Johan Bergfeld - Flagler College - Men's Soccer - Business Administration (3.96)
Micah Davis - Delta State University - Football - Chemistry/Biology/Pre-Med (4.0)
Shawn Boss - University of Central Missouri - Men's Track & Field - Computer Information Systems (4.0)
Elias Tuma - UC San Diego - Baseball - Cognitive Studies (3.94)
Cody Lensing - Augustana College - Wrestling - Biochemistry (3.96)
Braydon Hobbs - Bellarmine University - Men's Basketball - Criminal Justice Studies (3.53)
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