EUGENE – Sporting a truly impressive resume as a student and athlete, University of Oregon junior Alexa Peterson was chosen as a Capital One Softball Academic All-American Thursday.
The communication disorders and sciences major picked up her first national honor thanks to her 3.41 cumulative GPA, and was one of 11 players honored to the national first team.
Two other Pac-12 players were also chosen to the same squad – Arizona State’s Sam Parlich and Bailey Wigness.
On the field, the designated player and catcher led the Pac-12 this week in batting (.453) and on-base percentage (.557) and stood second in slugging (.844). Nationally, she also ranked top 20 in on-base percentage (seventh), batting (12th) and slugging (14th).
The All-Pac-12 and All-Region First-Team selection is the fourth Duck to receive an Academic All-America honor with Kristi Leiter (2005, first team), Kim Manning (1991, first team) and Susan Voeller (second team, 1988).
Thursday’s honor was based on a vote by college sports information directors, and recipients must be a sophomore or older, a team returnee (ie not a transfer), sport a 3.30 cumulative GPA, and played in at least half of the team’s games this season.
More information on the program is available at the www.cosida.com website at the http://cosida.com/awards/allamerica.aspx URL address.
A month ago, she picked up her second Academic All-District honor, sixth in school history, and third in Mike White’s four-year tenure.
Looking ahead to this weekend, the #3 seed and Pac-12 champion Ducks (49-9) welcome #14 seed Nebraska (43-13) for the first NCAA Super Regional to be hosted at Howe Field.
Saturday’s opener is set for a 5 p.m. start. Sunday’s action resumes at noon, and a would-be third game in the best-of-three series would follow at 3 p.m.
Every Duck-Husker game will be televised live by ESPNU, and more event info is available at the http://bit.ly/13xBdFv URL address.
NCAA Division I Player of the Year - Raven Chavanne, Tennessee
Academic All-America First Team
Catcher - Jenna Marston, MISSOURI, Sr., St. Louis, Mo., 3.99, Industrial Engineering
Infield - Raven Chavanne, TENNESSEE, Sr., Thousand Oaks, Calif., 3.84, Political Science
Infield - Coryn Schmit, ILLINOISAT CHICAGO, Sr., Hawthorn Woods, Ill., 4.0, Kinesiology
Infield - Lauren Morizi, LIU BROOKLYN, VIII, Sr., La Jolla, Calif., 3.93, Health Science
Infield - Sam Parlich, ARIZONA STATE, Sr., Chandler, Ariz., 3.63, Family and Human Development
Outfield - Kayla Braud, ALABAMA, Sr., Eugene, Ore., 3.78, Public Relations
Outfield - Maggie Hull, KANSAS, Sr., Lawrence, Kan., 3.8, Double major: Journalism and Spanish
Outfield - Bailey Wigness, ARIZONA STATE, Jr., Casa Grande, Ariz., 4.00, Political Science and Communication
Pitcher - Olivia Galati, HOFSTRA, VIII, Sr., West Babylon, N.Y., 3.6, Physical Education
Pitcher - Chelsea Thomas, MISSOURI, Gr., Pleasantville, Iowa, 3.37, Biology. Master’s: Positive Coaching
Designated Player - Alexa Peterson, OREGON, Jr., Salem, Ore., 3.41, Communication Disorder Sciences
Academic All-America Second Team
Catcher - Lauren Gellerman, OHIO, Sr., San Diego, Calif., 3.90, Integrated Mathematics
Infield - Kaila Hunt, ALABAMA, Jr., Evans, Ga., 3.84, secondary education/mathematics
Infield - Marisa Bast, NORTHWESTERN, Jr., Orange, Calif., 3.68, Learning and Organizational Change
Infield - Madison Shipman, TENNESSEE, Jr., Valencia, Calif., 3.51, Anthropology
Infield - Brittany Hammer, SETON HALL, Sr., Manheim, Pa., 3.89, Business Administration
Outfield - Kelly Majam, HAWAIIAT MANOA, Sr., Pine Valley, Calif., 3.86, Secondary Education (Health & PE)
Outfield - Leah Taylor, TENNESSEEAT MARTIN, Sr., Brownsville, Tenn., 3.97, Marketing
Outfield - Amber Olive, NEW MEXICO STATE, Sr., Simi Valley, Calif., 3.88, Communication Studies
Pitcher - Ellen Renfroe, TENNESSEE, Jr., Jackson, Tenn., 3.76, Psychology
Pitcher - Michelle Gascoigne, OKLAHOMA, Sr., Benicia, Calif., 3.38, Elementary Education
Designated Player - Erin Kipp, LOUISIANA TECH, Sr., Bullard, Texas, 3.82, Biology
Academic All-America Third Team
Catcher - Lindsey Ziegenhirt, CALIFORNIA, Sr., Elk Grove, Calif., 3.77, Psychology
Infield - Kaitlyn Richardson, MINNESOTA , So., Phoenix, Ariz., 3.91, Marketing
Infield - Elizabeth Arana, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE, Jr., The Woodlands, Texas, 4.0, Health Science
Infield - Kelly Hensley, FLORIDA STATE, Jr., Niceville, Fla., 3.93, Exercise Science
Infield - Alexa Becker, MURRAY STATE, So., Breese, Ill., 4.0, Business Administration
Outfield - Michelle Banuelos-Smith, BETHUNE-COOKMAN, Sr., Mission Hills, Calif., 4.00, Psychology
Outfield - Andie Varsho, PURDUE, Jr., Chili, Wis., 3.82, Organizational Leadership & Supervision
Outfield - Jessacca Gironda, KENT STATE, Jr., Akron, Ohio, 3.92, Business Management
Pitcher - Becca Changstrom, CREIGHTON, Jr., Lincoln, Neb., 3.85, Chemistry
Pitcher - Hope McLemore, ARKANSAS, Sr., Ringling, Okla., 4.0, Community Health Promotion
Designated Player - Chelsey Schoenfeldt, WINTHROP, Sr., Golden Lake, Ontario, 3.48, Exercise Science
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