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Wednesday, May 27, 2009TOWSON, Md. – Lipscomb University infielder Kellie Sirus is the only junior named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Softball Teams First Team on the University Division, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Sirus is a Psychology major with a 3.92 G.P.A. She is also the first member of the Lipscomb softball team to earn national first team honors.
Sirus, a first team All-Atlantic Sun Conference first baseman, was the fourth-leading hitter in the league with a team high .420 batting average. She also was a member of the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team.
A native of Sarasota, Fla., she had 71 base hits, third in the league. She ranked among the Atlantic Sun leaders with 17 doubles, 11 homers, 48 RBI’s and 123 total bases. A solid defensive player, she had a .990 fielding percentage. A three-time member of the Atlantic Sun All-Academic team, she was a second team all-conference pick in 2008.
One of four repeat selections on Academic All-America® University Division first team, Stacey Nelson is one of two Florida Gators named to the first team as senior catcher Kristina Hilberth was also honored. Senior outfielders Lillian Hammond of Tennessee and Lisa Kingsmore of Winthrop were named to the first team for the second consecutive year while senior designated player Colleen McGlaughlin of Iowa was also a repeat selection.
Senior outfielder Kailtin Cochran of Arizona State earned first team honors after being named to the second team in 2008. A pair of third team Academic All-America® picks in 2008, senior pitcher Molly Hill of Nebraska and senior infielder Whitney Haller of Georgia Tech were named to the first team.
Senior infielder Alex Colyer of Baylor and senior infielder Andrea Lazzari of Wagner also were named first team.
Nelson was also named as the Academic All-America® of the Year Award winners in the University Division.