UIC Baseball's Weber Bowen Earns Verizon/CoSIDA All-Academic Honors

Weber Bowen has earned Verizon/CoSIDA All-Academic honors.
Weber Bowen has earned Verizon/CoSIDA All-Academic honors.

May 10, 2001

Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago baseball sophomore Weber Bowen (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) has been voted to the 2001 Verizon/CoSIDA District V Baseball All-Academic First Team it was announced today. Bowen's name will now be placed on the national baseball ballot with voting to take place later this month.

A catcher and designated hitter for the Flames, Bowen carries a 3.76 grade point average on a 4.00 scale as a business major. He was also recently honored as the baseball program's student-athlete of the year at UIC's Academic Awards Banquet.

This spring Bowen is currently sixth on the team with a .320 batting average while also adding 40 runs scored, which is second most on the team, and 31 runs batted in. Bowen, who has helped UIC to a 27-25 overall record and a 10-6 mark in Midwestern Collegiate Conference play this year, has also racked up 22 doubles and is just three shy of tying a single season school record.

A member of the 2000 MCC All-Newcomer Team, Bowen began his collegiate career at the University of Florida before transferring to UIC last year. As a rookie for the Flames, Bowen compiled a .319 batting average and was second on the squad with six home runs and 14 doubles.

To be nominated for the all-academic team, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 GPA and they must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing. Bowen is one of 11 student-athletes voted to the District V team, which is comprised of universities from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario and Manitoba.