Skyhawks’ Taylor on academic All-America list
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 12:00 pm
TOWSON, Md. — Junior Leah Taylor, an outfielder on the UT Martin softball team, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team.
Taylor, a junior marketing major with a 3.96 GPA, was the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year. The Brownsville native led UT Martin to the OVC championship and a 39-22 record.
She led the Skyhawks with a .385 batting average, 61 runs scored, 77 hits, 10 triples and 37 stolen bases. With 64 stolen bases, she ranks third in school history.
Taylor is one of nine players on the Capital One Academic All-America first team that played in the NCAA Regionals last weekend. Seven of those players have helped their teams to advance to play in the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend.
In addition to Taylor, pitcher Hillary Bach, infielder Katelyn Boyd and designated player Bailey Wigness of Arizona State, catcher Jenna Marston of Missouri, infielder Raven Chavanne of Tennessee, infielder Jennifer Colqu-houn of Lehigh, outfielder Kayla Braud of labama and pitcher Ashley Brignac of Louisiana-Lafayette participated in the 64-team championship.
Bach, Braud and Chavanne are repeat first team selections on the Capital One Academic All-America Division I softball team.
The 11 members of the Capital One Academic All-America Division I softball first team have an average GPA of 3.88.
The second team consists of pitchers Ellen Renfroe of Tennessee and Chelsea Thomas of Missouri; catcher Kelsey Horton and outfielder Michelle Moultre of Florida; infielders Jackey Branham and Cassie Reilly-Boccia of Alabama, Chelsea Garcia of Oklahoma State, and Stacie Toney of Brigham Young; outfielders Ashley Fleming of Missouri, Annie Lockwood of Arizona State and designated player Jill Jelnick of East Carolina.
Pitchers Jen Mineau of Fordham and Stephanie Ricketts of Hawaii top the third team.
Catchers Holley Gentsch of Texas Tech and Vicky Rumph of Youngstown State join infielders Jane Alexander of Harvard, Lexy Bennett of Texas, Kaelene Curry of Missouri-Kansas City and Coryn Schmit of Illinois-Chicago on the third team.
Outfielders Allie Cashion of Appalachian State, Alex Helfrich of Akron, and Maggie Hull of Kansas round out the third team, along with designated player Colleen Schneider of Wright State. Published in The WCP 5.29.12