Four Ladyjacks Earn Academic All-Conference
June 18, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Southland Conference announced its 2014 Softball All-Academic Teams on Wednesday and four Ladyjacks made the grade. Three seniors closed their careers with the academic honor.
Stephen F. Austin placed two softball student-athletes on the first team and two more on the second team with Elizabeth Arana closing her career as a three-time recipient of the honor.
Arana was named to the first team with her perfect 4.0 GPA in community health. On the field, she led the Ladyjacks with 40 runs scored and 12 stolen bases. With the first team honors she adds to her long list of academic awards as she was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team in May.
First baseman Shalie Day joined Arana on the first team with a 3.63 GPA in kinesiology. Day was one of the top hitters in the Southland this season with eight home runs and 41 RBI. She also was an All-Southland Conference First Team selection. Day was named Southland Hitter of the Week on February 18 for her efforts at the Hilton Plaza Classic hitting .500 against Houston, Army and No. 8 Nebraska.
Senior pitcher Carlie Thomas earned her first academic all-conference nod being named to the second team. Thomas had a 3.43 GPA in nursing and was one of the league’s top pitchers. She led the conference with seven complete game shutouts and was named All-SLC Second Team. Thomas ranked third in strikeouts this season with 195 and was named to the SLC All-Tournament Team.
Senior Cadie Weaver moved into the starting lineup midway through conference play, and earned her way onto the Southland Conference All-Academic Second Team as well. Weaver carried a 3.88 GPA in professional accountancy and hit .278 this season, her best season at the plate as a Ladyjack.
SFA’s four selections to the Southland All-Academic Team ranks second in the league this year behind McNeese State’s five. Northwestern State also had four selections. McNeese State’s Alanna DiVittorio was named the Softball Academic Player of the Year.