May 31, 2012
Contact: Fumi Kimura
Irvine, Calif. – Seniors D.J. Crumlich (Irvine/HS) and Crosby Slaught (Santa Barbara/HS) were among 113 student-athletes honored by UC Irvine Athletics at the annual Salute To Scholar-Athletes banquet on Wednesday night at the Bren Events Center.
Crumlich was recognized at the banquet after being honored in March as UCI's Big West Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. The senior shortstop was tabbed Big West Defensive Player of the Year along with being named to the All- Big West Second Team. He led the team with a .324 batting average and paced the Anteaters with 39 runs scored. The business economics major has also been named to the Big West Academic all-Conference team.
Slaught was honored as the UCI Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Slaught, a social sciences major, finished his career on the mound with a 23-10 record, good for sixth in the Anteater record book. The pitcher had 49 career starts, which ties him for fifth at UCI, and his 23 wins are tied for eighth all-time.
Ryan Cooper, D.J. Crumlich, Jordan Fox, Andy Lines, Jimmy Litchfield, Dillon Moyer, Jonathan Munoz, Ronnie Shaeffer, Crosby Slaught, Taylor Sparks, Connor Spencer, Mark Trentacosta and Matt Whitehouse were also recognized as scholar-athletes and brings UCI's total to 3,613 since 1983.
Andrew Thurman was one of three sophomores to receive a Class Performance Award after becoming just the second Anteater to hurl three complete game shutouts in a single season. Thurman also pitched the fifth no-hitter in UCI history, shutting out Long Beach State in a 4-0 win. Thurman was an All-Big West Conference First-Team selection after finishing the year 8-3 with a 2.66 ERA.
Requirements for this award include maintaining a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) over the previous three quarters or a 3.2 GPA over two quarters for freshmen and transfer students. Student-athletes must also earn letters in their sports.
The Scholar-Athlete award was implemented by the Big West Conference to honor those student-athletes that have maintained a high level of scholastic excellence while participating in intercollegiate athletics. UCI expanded the award to include teams that do not participate in Big West-sponsored sports.