Conference-USA Baseball All-Academic Team
Former Sterlington High valedictorian and All-State third baseman Stephen Gandy was part of the Conference-USA baseball All-Academic team released earlier this week.
Gandy, a senior who is pursuing his master's degree in business administration, is Louisiana Tech's lone representative on the 11-member team. He currently owns a 4.0 grade point average.
In addition to Monday's honor, Gandy was recently awarded the C-USA commissioner's academic medal.
Also named to the C-USA All-Academic team were Corbin Shive of Charlotte, Drew Reynolds of East Carolina, Tyler Rocklein of Florida Atlantic, Aramis Garcia and Mike Gomez of Florida International, Dean Ali of Old Dominion, John Clay Reeves of Rice, Richard Carthon of Tulane, Tyler Mims of Alabama-Birmingham and John Bormann of Texas-San Antonio.
Earning his undergraduate degree in marketing, Gandy graduated magna cum laude in May of 2013.
Upon transferring to Tech from Northwestern State, Gandy made the dean's list five times and the president's list once.
On the diamond, Gandy was hampered by injuries throughout his three-year career with the Bulldogs. He was redshirted in 2013 after undergoing surgery to repair a broken foot. Playing through a torn meniscus in his knee as a senior, he was limited to a designated hitter's role.
As a senior, Gandy played in 37 games (26 starts), generating a .267 batting average, a .333 on base percentage, two home runs, six doubles and 15 RBI.
Joining the Bulldogs for the 2012 season, Gandy appeared in 34 games (21 starts) as an outfielder, producing a .282 batting average, one home run, six doubles and five RBI.
During his two seasons at Northwestern, Gandy played in 62 games with 29 starts. His two-run double helped the Demons upset LSU 5-2 in 2011.
At Sterlington, Gandy was a two-time, first-team All-State selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association. As a senior in 2009, he was named District 2-2A MVP and made the Academic All-State team after helping the Panthers to a state runner-up finish. He was also a three-time first-team All-District honoree.