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Ditzenberger named CSC Academic All-American

by Evan O'Kelly

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Capping his collegiate career with a top academic honor, New Mexico senior Dylan Ditzenberger was named a first-team Academic All-American by Collegiate Sports Communicators on Wednesday.

Combining a stellar statistical season with excellence in the classroom, Ditzenberger was among 12 players nationally to receive first-team recognition. The honor comes after he was 1 of 5 Lobos named to the CSC academic all-district team.

Ditzenberger finished his final collegiate season ranked third in the NCAA with a batting average of .437. While injuries limited him to 37 games, Ditzenberger managed to rack up 59 hits, 42 runs scored, nine doubles, and 27 RBIs while hitting primarily out of the leadoff spot. He added an on-base percentage of .490 and a slugging percentage of .563, while going a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts.

Defensively, Ditzenberger was stellar at third base in 78 chances. He committed just two errors for a fielding percentage of .974, and he totaled 62 assists to rank third on the team. Ditzenberger carried over a 14-game reached base streak from the end of his career at Kansas in 2022 and extended it to a season-high 37 games at the outset of the 2023 campaign. He also maintained a hit streak of 19 games from Feb. 24-March 31.

Academically, Ditzenberger maintained a GPA of 4.16 while completing his liberal arts degree. He is the 13th player in New Mexico history to earn CSC (formerly CoSIDA) Academic All-America honors and is the first since Jared Mang earned second-team honors in 2019. Ditzenberger is the sixth player in school history to be a first-team selection, and the first since Alex Estrella in 2015.