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Ten Members of ASU Softball Tabbed for Pac-12 All-Academic Honors
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 05/30/2014
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TEMPE – Arizona State University softball senior Bailey Wigness was named a Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection for the third consecutive season while three Sun Devils earned second team nods and 10 members of the softball program were honored overall, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced on Friday. 

Wigness was tabbed for the first team for the third time in her career as she wrapped up one of the best all-around student­-athlete campaigns in Sun Devil athletics history. 

A senior double major in political science and communications with a 4.00 GPA, Wigness led Arizona State to a 46-12-1 record and a No. 4 national ranking heading into the NCAA championship where they fell in the regional finals. 

The Casa Grande, Ariz., native was the Elite 89 Award recipient at the 2013 Women’s College World Series and a member of the 2011 national championship team.  She hit .338 with 30 runs scored and 13 stolen bases en route to earning honorable mention Pac-12 honors.

Wigness is now a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection and three time Capital One Academic All-American first team selection and the recent graduate was honored as the CLAS Dean’s Medalist – given annually to an outstanding graduate from each of the schools in ASU’s College of Liberal Art and Sciences – from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication while also being honored with the Moeur Award, given to all graduating seniors who possess a 4.00 GPA.

Wigness finished her time at ASU with a career batting average of .371, which is good for sixth in ASU career history.  A starting outfielder for the past three seasons, Wigness had just two errors in her career at the position and had none this season.

Joining Wigness on the Pac-12 All-Academic team were junior outfielder Elizabeth Caporuscio, junior catcher Amber Freeman and sophomore utility player Jenn Soria, who each earned second team honors. 

Freeman was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team after posting a 3.43 GPA in health sciences and earned her second Pac-12 All-Academic nod with the selection. Caporuscio lays claim to a 3.38 GPA in earth and environmental studies and is also making her second appearance on the All-Academic team while Soria, a 3.42 GPA holder in family and human development, made her debut on the All-Academic team in her first year of being eligible for selection.

Additionally, ASU added six honorable mention accolades in Allie Butterfield, Cheyenne Coyle, Dallas Escobedo, Mackenzie Popescue, Abby Spiel and Haley Steele.

The Sun Devils’ 10 selections were tied with Pac-12 Champion Oregon for the most players named to the All-Academic team and far surpassed the four selections on last year’s team.

2014 All-Academic Selections

     

Name

GPA

Year

Major

FIRST TEAM

     

Bailey Wigness

4.00

Senior

Political Science AND Communication

SECOND TEAM

     

Amber Freeman

3.43

Junior

Health Sciences

Elizabeth Caporuscio

3.38

Junior

Earth and Environmental Studies

Jenn Soria

3.42

Sophomore

Family and Human Development

HONORABLE MENTION

     

Mackenzie Popescue

3.24

Senior

Exercise and Wellness

Abby Spiel

3.24

Sophomore

Early Childhood Education

Cheyenne Coyle

3.23

Senior

Health Sciences

Dallas Escobedo

3.12

Senior

Family and Human Development AND Special Education/Elementary Education

Allie Butterfield

3.05

Sophomore

Exercise and Wellness

Haley Steele

3.03

Junior

Political Science

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