Pontiff Named to Acadmic All-District Team 05/09/02 BATON ROUGE -- LSU junior third baseman Wally Pontiff, who ranks in the top 10 list in several career batting categories, added another honor to his impressive resume on Thursday when he was named to the Verizon District VI Baseball Academic Team. Pontiff, who carries a 3.25 grade point average as a biological sciences major, is one of two Southeastern Conference players and one of three representatives from Louisiana on the district team, which includes players from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and New Mexico. Pontiff, a native of Metairie, came to LSU after being a four-year starter at Jesuit High School in New Orleans and immediately helped the Tigers win their fifth national championship as a true freshman in 2000. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2000 SEC tournament and a 2001 first team All-SEC choice after batting .347 in each of his first two seasons with the Tigers. Pontiff, the Tigers' team captain, currently stands eighth on the LSU careercharts in batting average (.355) and doubles (47), and is 10th in total hits (236). This year, he is batting .365 with five home runs and 34 RBI, and has had hitting streaks of 19 and 12 games during the season. Pontiff is now eligible for selection to the Verizon Academic All-America team. Two Tigers have earned selection to the first team, Warren Morris in 1995 and Eddy Furniss in 1997. Furniss was also a second team choice in both 1996 and 1998, while Tim Lanier earned third team honors in 1994 and Chris Demouy was a third team pick in 1996. The remainder of the District VI team is as follows: James Jurries, Tulane; Andrew Wishy, Arkansas; Stephen Herce, Rice; Andrew Hunter Brown, Rice; Stephen Rowe, Texas Tech; Ran Prince, McNeese St.; David Licni, New Mexico St.; Ross Bennett, Baylor; Jeff Cook, Southern Mississippi. The Tigers (33-16, 14-9 SEC) are back in action Friday at 6:30 p.m. EDT when they take on Florida in the opener of a three-game SEC series in Gainesville, Fla.