LA Tech Baseball hits academic home run

And the hits just keep coming for Louisiana Tech baseball.

Almost two months after the Bulldogs saw their historic season come to an end on the diamond, three Diamond Dogs hit an academic home run on Thursday.

Steele Netterville, Jonathan Fincher and Hunter Wells were all named to the 2021 CoSIDA Division I Academic All-American team.

How impressive is that?

Louisiana Tech and Stanford tied for the most of any programs in the country this year. The Bulldogs and the Cardinal combined for six of the 33 total CoSIDA Academic All-America baseball honorees.

Even more amazing is it set a record for Louisiana Tech Athletics. Since the inception of the CoSIDA Academic All-American program in the 1970s, the most combined student-athletes that LA Tech Athletics had seen make the Academic All-America team was two accomplished four times (1982, 1983, 1986, 1999).

This is the first time Tech has had three student-athletes in one academic year earn the highest academic honor in college athletics.

“Of all the accomplishments of the 2021 team, this one makes me the most proud,” said Burroughs. “In my opinion, making the Academic All-American Team is one of the hardest things for a student-athlete to accomplish. You have to be very skilled and disciplined in both academics and your sport of choice.”

Maybe even more impressive is that fact that two of the three – Fincher and Wells – earned All-American honors on the playing fields this year as well.

Netterville, a two-time CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District 6 honoree, earned CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America accolades at the designated hitter position. The Shreveport native was named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, a C-USA Academic Medalist and was one of two Bulldogs to earn a spot on the C-USA All-Academic Team earlier this year.

Netterville recently graduated from Louisiana Tech with a degree in biology with a 3.92 GPA. He was also accepted into medical school at LSU-Shreveport in May.

Wells, who earned four All-America honors following a standout final year for the Bulldogs, earned CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America accolades. The Katy, Texas native was one of four infielders selected to the second team after earning his first CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District 6 honor earlier this month.

Wells earned both his undergraduate degree in supply chain management and his master’s in business administration from Louisiana Tech. Tech’s all-time hits leader graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.55 while completing his MBA.

Fincher, who was named an NCBWA Third Team All-American in June, earned CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-America honors. Fincher, another C.E. Byrd High School alumnus from Shreveport, was one of just six pitchers selected among the three CoSIDA Academic All-America squads.

Along with Wells, Fincher earned his first CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District 6 honor earlier this month. The left-hander recently graduated from Louisiana Tech with a degree in biology with a 3.89 GPA.

“We have had one player in the history of our program make this team (Clint Ewing, 2010) and to have three young men make it in the same year is just remarkable,” said Burroughs. I am so proud of Hunter, Steele and Finch. These guys are remarkable young men with high character and tremendous makeup.”

Louisiana Tech Athletics now boasts a total of 24 Academic All-Americans in its history.

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