McNeese State's Ashlyn Baggett earns Scholar Athlete of the Year honor

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese State's Ashlyn Baggett and Jace Peterson are among 24 student-athletes selected as 2010-11 Southland Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the league office has announced.

The Southland Conference annually recognizes the outstanding male and female student-athletes from each of the league's member institutions. Student-athletes must be a letter winner with a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition at the school from which he or she was nominated. The student-athletes were selected by their respective institution administrators.

The conference began selecting this award at the conclusion of the 1996-97 season.

Baggett was the Cowgirl team MVP and was also a first team all-Southland Conference pick, leading her team to the SLC women’s basketball regular season title and tournament title and into the NCAA tournament.

The Iota sophomore led her team with a 16.7 scoring average which also ranked second in the conference. She has a 3.73 overall grade point average in Nursing.

Peterson, shortstop on the Cowboy baseball team, was recently the No. 58 player selected in the Major League baseball draft, going to and signing with San Diego. He is currently at a mini-camp in Arizona and will be reporting to a Class A team in Oregon.

During the past baseball season the native of Moss Bluff, LA, batted .335 with 67 runs scored, eight triples and 30 stolen bases. He completed his career with the Cowboys with a school record 78 stolen bases. He was named the team's most valuable player and was named to the all-Southland and the all-Louisiana baseball squads.

Peterson was also a football letterman, playing in the secondary for McNeese. He posted a 3.22 overall grade point average in General Studies.

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