TCU's Elander and UNLV's Kirk Named 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Third Team

June 1, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - TCU catcher Josh Elander and UNLV outfielder Trevor Kirk have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Baseball Team. Elander and Kirk were selected to the Third Team. It is the first Capital One Academic All-America honor for both student-athletes.

Elander boasts a 3.42 grade-point average (GPA) as a communications major. He ranks fourth on the team with a .314 batting average and 37 RBI. Elander leads the squad with eight home runs, 12 stolen bases and 39 walks. The junior from Round Rock, Texas, is the only Horned Frog to have played in and started all 54 games this season. Elander was on the Golden Spikes Award and Johnny Bench Award watch lists in 2012.

Kirk, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., holds a 3.55 GPA in kinesiology. He was second for the Rebels with a .354 batting average, and led team with 51 runs scored and four triples. A 52-game starter for UNLV, Kirk ranks first on the squad with 75 hits, second with five home runs and a .524 slugging percentage.

The award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Nominated student-athletes were then selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.