UC Davis junior Ty Kelly has been named to the Preseason All-Ping Baseball Team. Kelly, a native of Tracy, Calif., received third-team accolades as a third baseman and was one of just five third basemen to be named to the teams.
This marks the second preseason honor for Kelly, who was also named to the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Preseason Watch List along with teammate Ryan Scoma.
Kelly received his Ping accolades following an impressive sophomore season in which he put up the second-best single season batting average in UC Davis history (.397) while finishing among team leaders in hits (94), doubles (17), home runs (4), RBI’s (39) and total bases (125).
His batting average also gave him the Big West Conference batting title while his hits ranked second.
The Aggie baseball team begins its season on Feb. 20 with a three-game series at UCLA.
Big West Academic All-Conference
A contingent of 15 UC Davis student-athletes from five teams earned 2008 Big West Fall Academic All-Conference honors.
To be eligible for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must hold a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, complete one full academic year at the member institution prior to the season (i.e. sophomore academic standing) and compete in at least 50 percent of his or her team’s contests.
In all, 122 student-athletes from nine member institutions were honored in the conference’s five fall sports: women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country; and men’s and women’s soccer.
UC Davis men’s cross country had six of the 17 total honorees in that sport. Alphabetically, the Aggie winners are David Buscho, K.C. Cody, Chris Harland-Dunaway, Scott Himmelberger, Tyler Rattray and Calvin Thigpen.
The Aggies had three of the 19 honorees in volleyball, namely Julie King, Carson Lowden and Avreeta Singh.
UC Davis‘ Gabina Bohlman and Sarah Peters found their names among the 37 All-Academic winners in women’s soccer, while seniors Dan Campbell and Dylan Curtis represented the Aggies among the 14 men’s soccer honorees.
Kaitlin Gregg and Alison Stoakley made the 35-person women’s country honor roll.
Aggie Digest is compiled by the California Aggie sports staff with briefs from the UC Davis athletics website, ucdavisaggies.com.