IRVING, Texas – Baylor baseball senior left-handed reliever Doug Ashby was named the Big 12 Baseball Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Wednesday. Ashby is the program’s first to earn the accolade that was established in the 2012-13 school year.
Ashby is one of nine honorees to represent the league’s list for each spring sport. He joins BU men’s tennis’ Patrick Pradella to make the Bears one of three teams with multiple winners on the list. In order to be considered for the award, the student-athlete must be a junior or senior in athletic and academic standing, have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher, participate in at least 60 percent of the team’s contests and have at least one year of residence at the institution.
Less than a month ago, Ashby also received a prestigious scholarly honor as he was named a second-team Capital One Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). His award extended BU’s streak to six straight seasons with an Academic All-American and was just one of six players on the 33-man list with a 4.0 GPA (engineering).
In order to qualify to be an Academic All-American, Ashby garnered first-team Capital One Academic All-District VII distinction for the second straight season. Additionally, Ashby was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection for the second straight season.
The McKinney, Texas, native had a career-high 31 appearances, 36.2 innings, 23 strikeouts and earned his first career save in 2014. His 31 appearances ranked fourth all-time at Baylor in single-season history, second this season in the Big 12 and 35th in the NCAA. He went 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA to finish his career with a 3-3 mark and 2.82 ERA in 58 appearances and 67 innings. He allowed 25 runs (21 earned) on 73 hits and 36 walks with 42 strikeouts.