IRVING, Texas -- Rice seniors John Clay Reeves and Kirby Taylor were both named to the 2015 C-USA Baseball All-Academic Team the league office announced on Monday, May 18. Reeves and Taylor are two of just twelve student-athletes the league recognized Monday for balancing elite play on the field with academic success.
The Rice duo earned academic recognition just two days after helping lead the baseball program to its 20th-straight conference championship (winning the 2015 C-USA title outright for a second-straight year). Taylor leads the Owls and is among the best in the Conference with a .347 batting average. He has collected two or more hits in a game 18 times and is third on the squad with 29 RBI. In the classroom Taylor maintained a 3.42 grade point average in Economics, with a Business minor. The Bellaire, Texas, native was also recently named to the CoSIDA District VII All-Academic First Team, which makes him eligible to earn Academic All-America (to be announced later in the season).
Reeves is a back-to-back selection to the league's All-Academic squad. In addition to a team-leading eight home runs, .503 slugging percentage and 54 RBI in 50 games played, Reeves is second in batting average (.335) and walks (24) for a .435 on-base average. The senior originally from Monroe, La., maintained a 3.33 grade point average as a sport management major.
The Rice baseball team next competes in the annual C-USA Tournament to be held in Hattiesburg, Miss., beginning on Wednesday (May 20). Rice, the No. 1 seed, meets No. 8 seed FIU at 12:30 pm at Pete Taylor Park on the Southern Miss campus. The tournament concludes with a one-game championship final on Sunday (May 24). The full list of C-USA baseball's All-Academic honorees is as follows.
2015 Conference USA Baseball All-Academic Team
NAME, SCHOOL, YEAR, GPA, MAJOR
Julius Gaines, FIU, Sr., 3.63, Recreation & Sports Management
Brett Lashley, Florida Atlantic, Jr., 3.60, Communication Studies
John Sebelle, Florida Atlantic, Sr., 3.62, Ocean Engineering
Chase Boster, Marshall, Jr., 3.37, Chemical Engineering
Ronnie Jebavy, Middle Tenn., Jr., 3.85, Concrete Management
* John Clay Reeves, Rice, Sr., 3.40, Sport Management
Kirby Taylor, Rice, Sr., 3.42, Economics
James McMahon, Southern Miss, Sr., 3.50, Construction Engineering Technology
**Tyler Mims, UAB, R-Sr., 3.93, Industrial Distribution
*John Bormann, UTSA, Sr., 3.82, Real Estate Finance and Development
Ryan Messex, WKU, R-Sr., 4.0, Athletic Administration
Ben Morrison, WKU, So., 4.0, Biology