Three Mountain West Student-Athletes Named To 2016 Academic All-America Team


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three Mountain West student-athletes were named to the 2016 Academic All-America® Division I baseball team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Air Force first baseman Russell Williams, New Mexico catcher/designated hitter Chris DeVito and New Mexico pitcher Alex Estrella garnered third-team honors. It is the first Academic All-America® accolade for all three student-athletes.

Williams, a junior for the Falcons, maintains a 3.75 grade point average as an economics major. He finished the season with a .306 batting average, scored 41 runs, batted in 31 runs, hit nine doubles, one triple and five home runs. Williams will serve as the Vice Wing Commander in the fall at the Academy (second-highest ranking cadet out of 4,000).

Estrella, a graduate student, has a 4.00 GPA in the New Mexico master’s of business administration program. He has a 2.70 earned run average over 24 appearances and holds a 2-2 record with seven saves in 26.2 innings pitched. Going into the NCAA Lubbock Regional, Estrella has struck out 25 batters and walked 10.

DeVito, a first-team All-MW selection, holds a 3.52 GPA in criminology. He is the fourth player in Lobo history to earn All-America honors athletically and academically. He leads New Mexico with a .379 batting average in 57 games and continues his season on Friday, June 3 at the NCAA Lubbock Regional. A junior, DeVito has scored 49 runs, driven in 62 and hit 20 doubles, one triple and 16 home runs.