OU Softball: 6 Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

Thursday, May 4th 2017, 4:32 pm
By: News On 6

Six members of the Oklahoma softball team have earned Academic All-Big 12 honors, the conference announced Thursday. The figure marks the fifth straight season that the Sooners have had at least six honorees.

Oklahoma had four representatives on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and two on the Second Team.

Leading the way on the first team for Oklahoma was junior Lea Wodach (Health & Exercise Science), who was one of five student-athletes across the conference to have a 4.00 grade point average.

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Joining Wodach on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team were fellow junior Paige Parker (Arts & Sciences Planned Program) and sophomores Caleigh Clifton (Pre-Nursing) and Raegan Rogers (Health & Exercise Science). Wodach and Parker earned First-Team honors for the second time in their careers, while Clifton and Rogers were first-time honorees.

Clifton and Parker were also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

The Sooners were represented on the second team by juniors Kelsey Arnold (Human Relations) and Nicole Pendley (Arts & Sciences Planned Program). It was the first award for each in their respective careers. Arnold was also placed on the Second Team a year ago, while Pendley received First-Team recognition in 2016.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify for conference academic accolades, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests.

Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.