McNeese’s Julian Gonzales named CoSIDA Academic All-America

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LAKE CHARLES – McNeese outfielder Julian Gonzales has been a CoSIDA Academic All-American, the organization announced on Wednesday.

The senior from Sulphur, who earned third team honors and becomes just the seventh Cowboy in school history to earn the award, compiled a 3.95 GPA while majoring in biology pre-med and minors in chemistry and psychology. He was listed to the All-America ballot after garnering Academic All-District First Team honors back in May.

On the field in the 2022 season, Gonzales started in all 57 games and hit .280 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs, which tied him for first on the team as he helped lead the Cowboys to the Southland Conference regular season championship for the first time since 2017.

He ranked second on the squad with 16 doubles , 52 runs scored and three triples while his 22 stolen bases ranked him third on the team.

Gonzales is the only player from the Southland Conference to be voted as an Academic All-American.

2021-22 Academic All-America ®
Baseball Team
NCAA Division I

Pos. Name School GPA Yr. Major
P Thomas Harrington Campbell University 3.81 So. Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy Track
P Alex Williams Stanford University 3.42 Sr. Management Science & Engineering
C Kyle Gurney Bowling Green 3.96 Jr. Business Analytics & Intelligence
C Evan Russell University of Tennessee 3.42/4.00 Gr. Finance (U) / Ag. Leadership, Education & Communication (G)
IF Jake Gelof University of Virginia 3.71 So. Media Studies
IF Jace Jung (1) Texas Tech University 3.72 So. Sport Management
IF Jake McCaw Illinois State University 3.92/4.00 Gr. Business Information Systems (U) / MBA (G)
IF Jack Smith Washington State University 4.00/4.00 Gr. MBA (G)
IF RJ Yeager (3) Mississippi State University 4.00/4.00 Gr. Workforce Education Leadership
OF Aaron Anderson (1) Liberty University 4.00/4.00 Gr. MBA
OF Griffin Merritt University of Cincinnati 3.90 Sr. Biological Sciences
OF Tanner O’Tremba University of Arizona 4.00 Sr. Psychology
DH Mike Steffan Canisius College 3.98/3.88 Gr. Finance

Pos. Name School GPA Yr. Major
P John Michael Bertrand University of Notre Dame 3.43/3.30 Gr. Marketing & Strategy
P Jonathan Fincher (3) Louisiana Tech University 3.90 Gr. Biology (U) / Kinesiology & Health Sciences (G)
IF Andrew Jenkins Georgia Tech 3.79 Jr. Business Administration
IF Luc Lipcius University of Tennessee 3.34/3.96 Gr. Aerospace Engineering (U) / MBA & Engineering (G)
IF Kemuel Thomas-Rivera Tarleton State University 4.00/4.00 Gr. Kinesiology
OF Brock Jones (2) Stanford University 3.59 Jr. Science, Technology & Society
OF Steele Netterville (1) Louisiana Tech University 3.93 Gr. Biology (U) / Kinesiology & Health Sciences (G)
OF Jake Thompson Oklahoma State University 3.72/4.00 Gr. University Studies/Business (U) / Leisure Studies (G)
DH Jacob McKeon Washington State University 3.98 Jr. Kinesiology

Pos. Name School GPA Yr. Major
P John Bakke Morehead State University 4.00/4.00 Gr. Wellness Promotion
P Jackson Smeltz Purdue University 3.70 Sr. Agribusiness
C Matt Wood Pennsylvania State University 3.80 Jr. Supply Chain Management & Information Systems
IF Matt Coutney Old Dominion University 3.40 Sr. Leadership & Business
IF Ryan Galanie Wofford College 3.79 Jr. Computer Science / Spanish
IF Daniel Harris IV University of Kentucky 3.80/4.00 Gr. Sport, Fitness, & Recreation Management
IF Reid Homan University of North Alabama 4.00/4.00 Gr. MBA – Information Systems (G)
OF Brian Ellis Florida Gulf Coast University 3.79/4.00 Gr. Exercise Science (U) / Health Services Admin. (G)
OF Julian Gonzales McNeese State University 3.95 Sr. Biology
OF Braydon Webb University of Arkansas 4.00/4.00 Gr. Operations Management
DH Owen Diodati University of Alabama 4.00 Jr. Finance

CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year: Aaron Anderson, Liberty University

(1) – 1st team Academic All-America® in 2020-21
(2) – 2nd team Academic All-America® in 2020-21
(3) – 3rd team Academic All-America® in 2020-21

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