Looze Named Academic All-American Player of the Year
Posted: June 6, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Senior Chris Looze has made his share of history on the baseball field, but last week the first baseman made Mason academic history when he was named the 2005 Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Looze is only the sixth Mason student-athlete to be named an Academic All-American, the second to be named to the first team, and the only one to be named Player of the Year in his sport. The biology major carried a 3.90 GPA into his final semester at Mason.
“We are extremely proud of Chris and his commitment to academic excellence as well as success on the field,” said Athletic Director Tom O’Connor. “This honor is indicative of the high level student-athlete we strive to bring to George Mason University. His hard work and terrific attitude are bound to pay dividends in his career aspirations.”
“What a great way to finish off an outstanding career,” said Billy Brown, George Mason head baseball coach. “This is one of the most prestigious honors that this program has ever been associated with, and for Chris to receive this is a fabulous exclamation point on a great career.”
A three-time All-CAA selection, Looze transferred to Mason after two years at South Florida Community College. Once at Mason, he quickly established himself as one of the nation’s elite. He was named second-team All-CAA and was also selected to the CAA All-Tournament team.
In 2004, as a junior, Looze had his best season at Mason. He was named second-team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association and first-team All-CAA. He was among the nation’s leaders in RBI per game. For the year, he batted .340 with 17 HR, a school-record 81 RBI, 23 2B, and 58 runs scored.
As a senior, Looze demolished one school record, broke a second in his final day in a Mason uniform, and established a level of excellence that will be difficult for future players to challenge. He batted .307 with 14 HR, 64 RBI, and 47 runs scored.
Looze finished his career with 201 RBI, shattering the previous record of 171. Looze also hit the 46th home run of his career on May 27 against the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, breaking the mark previously set by Ralph Schmidt over four seasons. Looze also is among the school’s all-time top 10 in hits, doubles, runs, batting average, slugging percentage, and total bases.