San Antonio – St. Mary’s University baseball player Bobby Freeman was named ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Six for his work in the classroom and the field, it was announced on Tuesday.

Freeman (Sr., Fair Oaks Ranch) had his best season as a Rattler in 2008 and, combined with his work in the classroom, earned him second team Academic All-District Six honors. On the field Freeman hit .317 with seven doubles, three homeruns, 30 RBI and 27 runs scored. He was named Heartland Conference Hitter of the Week once this season.

Off the field Freeman was very active in the St. Mary’s University community. He has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee each of his four years at the school and was the group’s president this year. He was an Dean’s List Student every semester at St. Mary’s, who was named to the Heartland Conference President’s Honor Roll each of his three years at the school and earned the Outstanding Student Award for General Business in 2006. Freeman graduated from St. Mary’s last week with a 3.86 grade point average in business administration.

To earn Academic All-District recognition, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. No athlete is eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution. In the cases of transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates, the athlete must have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution to be eligible. District six is made up of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

The Rattlers finished the 2008 regular season with a 39-17 overall record and a 35-14 mark in Heartland Conference play, good for second place in the league standings. The Rattlers finished the season by winning eight of their last nine games.

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