May 7, 2012
San Antonio – Carl O’Neal’s athletic accomplishments are pretty well documented around these parts.
But what you might not know is that the St. Mary’s ace is just as distinguished in the classroom.
O’Neal (Jr., San Antonio), he of the 11-0 record on the mound, has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Baseball Team, it was announced this weekend.
O’Neal, an engineering management major, earned the honor by maintaining a 3.42 grade-point average in the classroom. He becomes the ninth Rattlers baseball player to receive the recognition, following in the most recent footsteps of Weston Baros and Greg Herbst, each of whom were honored last season.
On the field, O’Neal has been just as sensational, racking up an 11-0 record to go along with a 1.91 ERA and 84 strikeouts. A likely All-Heartland Conference selection, the right-hander will undoubtedly be in the mix for Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Year discussion.
The Rattlers, who are ranked No. 1 in the nation in one poll with a 41-8 record, will begin the Heartland Conference Baseball Tournament as the top seed against fourth-seeded Arkansas-Fort Smith at 5 p.m. Thursday at Incarnate Word’s Sullivan Field.