Hasler, Ahlrich Earn Conference USA All-Academic Honors

May 22, 2017

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech pitchers Graham Ahlrich and Kent Hasler have been named to the InTouch Credit Union 2017 Conference USA Baseball All-Academic Team, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

Twelve student-athletes from nine different C-USA schools make up the team, which is selected by the media relations contact at each of the 12 baseball schools. In order to be eligible for the recognition, student‐athletes must hold a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, be of at least sophomore academic standing and be a starter or key reserve for their team.

This marks the second consecutive season that Louisiana Tech has placed multiple student athletes on the Conference USA Baseball All-Academic Teams. The Bulldogs are joined by Southern Miss as the only teams in Conference USA to place multiple players on the team in the past two seasons.

Ahlrich earned All-Academic honors for the second consecutive season after being placed on the squad last spring. The junior is majoring in chemistry and boasts an impressive 3.813 GPA. On the bump this season, Ahlrich holds a 4-2 record with a 3.22 ERA. He has struck out 36 batters in 36.1 innings.

Hasler is currently majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and ranks first on the team with a 3.899 GPA. He holds a 5-3 record through 55.1 innings pitched so far this season and has struck out 54 batters over that stretch. In his first 13 innings as a reliever, he allowed just two runs and struck out 18 batters.

Ahlrich, Hasler and the rest of the Diamond Dogs are set to compete in The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Baseball Championship this week, opening the tournament with Charlotte on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at MGM Park in Biloxi. The game will be nationally broadcast on ESPN3 / WatchESPN App and broadcast on the radio in both Ruston, ESPN 97.7 FM and Shreveport 100.7 FM The Ticker.




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