Three Named to Academic All-District Team
EUGENE, OR -- Three Missouri softball student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 Team, as announced Friday afternoon. Senior Ashley Fleming, junior Jenna Marston and redshirt junior Chelsea Thomas were selected to the team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and were chosen for their success in both the classroom and on the field.
Fleming was one of three outfielders selected to the team in District 6. Fleming is Journalism major with 3.78 cumulative grade point average. She leads the team in all major offensive categories, including batting average (.384), hits (53), doubles (eight), home runs (13), runs batted in (42), on base percentage (.482) and slugging percentage (.725).
The lone catcher in the district, Marston is an Industrial Engineering major sporting a 3.98 GPA. On the season, she's batting .296 with 48 runs scored and 42 walks, two shy of the program single season record. She also leads the team with 10 stolen bases and has been almost perfect behind the plate with a .993 fielding percentage.
Thomas, one of two pitchers on the team, is a Biology major and has a 3.48 GPA. One of the best pitchers in the nation, Thomas is 19-7 on the year with a 1.03 earned run average and 217 strikeouts in 155.2 innings pitched. She is eighth in the country in ERA, fifth in strikeouts per seven innings (9.80) and fifth in hits allowed per seven innings (3.91).
District 6 includes the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Louisana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the first year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and doubles the number of scholar-athletes honored. The teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
All three Tigers are eligible to make the Capital One Academic All-American team, which will be announced later in May. No. 9 Mizzou faces the No. 12 Oregon Ducks this weekend.