NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb has placed two players on the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District™ Softball Team.
Pitcher Kelly Young and second baseman Brittany Elmore were named to the 11-person District 3 Team that includes Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.
The Academic All-District™ teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.
Elmore, a senior from Mount Juliet, Tennessee, earned the honor for the second straight year. It is the first time Young, a senior from Madison, Mississippi, has been selected. Lipscomb was one of three schools with two or more players on the team.
Elmore has posted a 3.87 grade point average with a major in Interdisciplinary Teaching. Young has a 3.81 in Exercise Science.
Elmore is ranked 33rd nationally with .60 stolen bases per game. She leads the A-Sun overall in hits (65). She is second with a .385 batting average and third in stolen bases with 31. In A-Sun games only she leads with a .472 batting average and is first in hits with 25. She is tied for first in stolen bases with 12.
Young has been honored this year with the Kinesiology Department Outstanding Major Award. She has also received the James R. Byers Award given by the athletics department to the top senior female athlete who displays Christian leadership and athletic and academic excellence.
On the field Young is nationally ranked 14th in strikeouts per seven innings (9.4) and is 18th in total strikeouts (200). She is first in the A-Sun overall in strikeouts and batters struck out looking (50), In A-Sun games only Young is first in strikeouts (84) and strikeouts per game, She has nine games with 10 or more strikeouts.
This is the third year in a row the softball team has placed a player on the District III First Team. Kelsey Cartwright was honored in 2014.
Previous honorees have been Kellie Sirus, Lauren Dortwegt and Whitney Kiihnl. Sirus is a two-time National All-America All-Academic.
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 her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.