GREENWOOD, Ind.– Sophomore catcher Jade Bourgeois of Spring Hill College was named a 1st team member of the Capital One Academic All-America® Team in softball (College Division) as announced by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) on Monday afternoon. This award marks the first time in school history that a Badger student-athlete has earned 1st team status on the prestigious list and is the seventh SHC student-athlete overall to earn a spot on the national roster.
A native of Geismer, La., Bourgeois is a Mathematics major at Spring Hill and holds a 4.0 G.P.A. Earlier this month she earned 1st team status on the 2013 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Conference Team and won the 2013 SSAC Infield Gold Glove. Bourgeois was additional named tot 2013 SSAC All-Academic Team.
Bourgeois currently leads the Badgers with a .400 batting average, a school-record 22 doubles and 36 RBI. She has hit three home runs, was successful in all eight of her stolen base attempts and cut has down nine attempted base-stealers from behind the plate. Bourgeois has committed just three errors in 499 fielding chances and allowed only six passed balls in 60 games started.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. The Capital One Academic All-America® College Division softball team is comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
The 10th seeded SHC softball team (45-15) will begin play in the 2013 NAIA Softball National Championship Tournament versus the 7th-seeded Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Warhawks (44-10) in Columbus, Ga., at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday.