California Lutheran's Christian Slattery represents the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) on the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team as recently presented by CoSIDA.
The first team award recognizes the top two pitchers in the nation for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.On the mound, Slattery finished the regular season first in the SCIAC and fifth in the nation with nine saves – two coming against No. 6 Chapman and No. 16 Texas Lutheran. The all-conference second team honoree opened the year with 8.2 scoreless innings and closed the season with a team-low 1.59 ERA, allowing just four earned runs in 22.2 innings of work while striking out 19.
His nine saves are fifth on the program's all-time record list for saves in a single season, and his career 15 saves, in just two years, is second in the record books for saves in a career. He now sits just 10 behind all-time leader Aaron Roth with 25. Slattery is also just the second CoSIDA Academic All-American, following outfielder Bob Farber who was named to the first team in 1991 and second team in 1992.
In the classroom, the 2019 summa cum laude graduate notched a 4.00 GPA as an economics major and earned the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key awarded to the graduate with the highest GPA in the school of management. He additionally was presented the 2017-18 Academic Excellence Award and department honors in economics for his thesis on constructing aging curves for major league baseball players.
-- Courtesy of Cal Lutheran Sports Information --