Only one university in the nation has featured an Academic All-American in both baseball and softball each of the past two years; if you guessed Baylor, you’re right. For the second year in a row, head coach Glenn Moore’s Lady Bears and Steve Smith’s Bears have combined for three ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans; no other university has totaled more than Baylor’s six honorees in the past two years.
The two Lady Bears so recognized aren’t only teammates; they’re also twin sisters. With a .360 batting average, 17 stolen bases and a 3.95 GPA in pre-med/health sciences, Tiffany Wesley earned first-team honors after being named to the second team a year ago. Neuroscience major Nicole Wesley — like her sister, a senior outfielder — received second team recognition thanks to her .384 average, 22 steals and 3.92 GPA.
On the baseball side, junior Chris Slater was named second-team Academic All-America. A business major, Slater has a perfect 4.0 GPA and, after making just four starts in his first two seasons, is hitting .351 in 36 games (21 starts) this season.
Sic ’em, Baylor baseball and softball!