Junior Andrea Klipsch of the Truman State University softball team was selected as a third-team Capital One Academic All-American on Wednesday, becoming just the third Bulldog softball player to earn Academic All-America accolades in the history of the program. Klipsch (St. Louis, Mo.; Lindbergh HS) was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Division II softball team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A Sociology/Anthropology major at Truman, Klipsch brought a 3.88 grade-point average into this past spring semester, where she helped guide the Bulldogs to one of the top seasons in program history.
Truman went 43-13 overall, with Klipsch starting all 56 games at second base where she batted .376, scored 43 runs, and totaled 16 doubles, eight home runs, 47 RBI, and 109 total bases. She drew 22 walks and struck out just 21 times out of the No. 2 spot in the Bulldog lineup and laid down nine sacrifice bunts.
Her glove work was another staple to her first-team all-GLVC and NFCA and Daktronics all-region honors, as she committed just a single error in nearly 200 attempts at second base. Klipsch becomes the first Bulldog softball player since Britni Buford in 2003 to earn Academic All-America status, as Buford pitched her way to the first-team that season. Heather Mackie (2nd-team, 2000; 2nd-team, 2001) also earned Academic All-America honors as a member of the Bulldog softball team. To be eligible for a CoSIDA Academic award, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her institution, and be nominated by his/her sports information office.
The terms "Academic All-District" and "Academic All-American" are trademarked by CoSIDA and are the officially tracked academic awards by NCAA institutions. Truman State University has now produced 106 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, the most by any NCAA Division II school. Truman also entered this season ranked No. 25 amongst all four-year NCAA schools across all three divisions.
Courtesy Truman State University