UNM's Sam Haggerty Named Capital One Academic All-America 3rd Team

courtesy of New Mexico Athletics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -  University of New Mexico sophomore second baseman Sam Haggerty was named a third team Capital One Academic All-American the organization announced Friday. He is the second UNM student-athlete to earn that honor in 2013-14, joining Brooke Ellison of the women's soccer program.

"This is a huge deal and it's well deserved," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said. "Sam's a good ballplayer and a very intelligent young man. He works very hard both on the field and with his schoolwork."

A native of Denver, Haggerty is majoring in finance and owns a 3.78 cumulative GPA. He was named both Academic All-Mountain West and a Mountain West scholar-athlete as a freshman last season, and he is one of just three sophomores to be named Academic All-America this year.

"It's a great honor because it recognizes my play on the field and my work in the classroom," he said. "I would like to thank all my teammates, coaches and staff at New Mexico for their help and support during my time here as well as my family for all they have done for me."

Haggerty just wrapped up a tremendous season for the Lobos, helping them to a share of their third straight Mountain West regular-season title. He hit .340 and scored 57 runs, which currently ranks tied for 17th in the nation. He also drove in 38 runs to go along with nine doubles, two triples, two home runs while leading the squad in both walks (35) and stolen bases (14). Incredibly durable, he has now started 107 straight games in his Lobo career, which already ranks eighth in program history, while having to play both middle infield positions.

After earning Freshman All-America honors at second base last season, he was forced to move over to shortstop for 17 games this year due to injuries on the team. His play at short was so good that he was named First Team All-Mountain West at that position, and he was one of 16 finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award, which is given annually to the top shortstop in the nation. He finished the season with 199 assists in the field, which is the fourth most in a single season in UNM history.

In addition to being the only student-athlete in the Mountain West to be honored this season, Haggerty is just the seventh Lobo in the history of the program to be named Academic All-America. He joins Larry Minarsich (1970 and 1971), Mark Wulfert (1994), Travis Young (1996 and 1997), Dusty Young (2003), Sean Murray (2004) and Chris Carlson (2005 and 2006).​