C-USA Announces Softball All-Academic Team

Go C-USA! Jill Jelnick, East Carolina
Jill Jelnick, East Carolina

May 7, 2013

IRVING, Texas – Seven seniors, four juniors and two sophomores have been named to the 2013 Conference USA Softball All-Academic Team. The academic squad is selected by the sports information contacts at each of the nine softball schools. In order to be eligible for the recognition, student-athletes must hold a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, be of at least sophomore academic standing and have competed in at least 60 percent of games this season as a starter or key reserve.

A complete list of the Softball All-Academic honorees is below:

2013 C-USA Softball All-Academic Team

  • Sarah Christian, East Carolina, Sr., Greenville, N.C., 3.73 GPA, Business Management
  • *Jill Jelnick, East Carolina, Jr., Aliso Viejo, Calif., 4.00 GPA, English
  • Haley Outon, Houston, Jr., Pflugerville, Texas, 3.72 GPA, Health
  • Alysia Hively, Marshall, Sr., Clay, W.Va., 3.89 GPA, Exercise Physiology and Psychology
  • Andi Williamson, Marshall, Sr., Harts, W.Va., 3.69 GPA, Physical Education and Health Education
  • Laura Curtis, Memphis, Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn., 3.61 GPA, Exercise and Sport Science
  • Mackenzie Sher, Southern Miss, Jr., Bellaire, Texas, 3.8 GPA, Psychology
  • Kimberly Wagner, Southern Miss, Sr., D’lberville, Miss., 4.0 GPA, Sociology
  • *Jill Barrett, Tulsa, Jr., Greenwood, Ark., 3.61 GPA, Exercise and Sports Sciences
  • Julie Kernen, Tulsa, So., St. Louis, Mo., 3.93 GPA, Arts and Sciences
  • Mackenzie Audas, UCF, So., Plant City, Fla., 3.83 GPA, Early Childhood Education
  • Ashley Collazo, UTEP, Sr., San Antonio, Texas, 4.00 GPA, Public Health
  • Kayleigh Walts, UTEP, Sr., Flower Mound, Texas, 3.82 GPA, Kinesiology

*Repeat Selection

East Carolina’s Jill Jelnick and Tulsa’s Jill Barrett, both juniors, are repeat All-Academic selections. Jelnick boasts a 4.0 GPA in English and was a 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team member. She is a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor and Academic Medal winner and a five-time selection to ECU Chancellor's List. Jelnick has been the ECU lead-off hitter in all 46 contests and ranks among the top 10 in the conference in runs and triples.

Barrett holds a 3.61 GPA in exercise and sports sciences and is a three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll member serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has started all 158 career games at third base. Barrett was a 2012 NFCA Midwest Region first team selection and first-team All-C-USA selection. She lead C-USA with a .463 batting average during league games and with 38 hits.

Senior pitcher Sarah Christian of East Carolina leads the team in wins (15), ERA (2.98) and strikeouts (104) while maintaining a 3.73 GPA in business management. She was named to the 2013 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and is a three-time selection to ECU Chancellor's List. Christian ranks among the top-five in the conference in league-only games in wins (7) and saves (1).

Houston junior catcher Haley Outon sports a 3.72 GPA in health while pacing all batters with an .818 slugging percentage, .556 on-base percentage, seven home runs, 32 RBI and 24 walks during C-USA play. The 2012 first-team All-C-USA player was a third-team NFCA All-American last season and is a three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member. 

Alysia Hively of Marshall is a nine-time member of the Dean’s List, sporting a 3.89 GPA in exercise and physiology and psychology. She is a four-time selection to both the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and recipient of the C-USA Academic Medal. She has hit nine home runs, with 26 RBI this season

Marshall’s Andi Williamson is a five-time Dean’s List member majoring in physical education and health education with a 3.69 GPA. She holds school records for strikeouts in a single game (16), wins in a season (29) and strikeouts in a season (332). Williamson currently ranks third in the NCAA with 332 strikeouts and 29 wins. She is a three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member and has earned a C-USA Academic Medal in 2011.

Memphis senior Laura Curtis holds a 3.61 GPA in exercise and sport science and was a second-team All-C-USA selection in 2012.The Tigers’ starting shortstop has 13 doubles this season and is second on the team with 19 RBI.

Mackenzie Sher of Southern Miss has started every game for the Golden Eagles, primarily at catcher, and is tied for fifth in the conference with nine home runs. The junior carries a 3.8 GPA in psychology and has driven in 30 runs this season while throwing out 13 would-be base stealers.

Senior Kimberly Wagner of Southern Miss is one of three All-Academic Team selections with a 4.0 GPA. The pitcher majors in sociology and leads the team in wins and strikeouts. For her career, Wagner has tallied more than 100 appearances and has 45 career victories.

Julie Kernen, a sophomore first baseman for Tulsa, has earned a 3.93 GPA in arts and sciences. Kernen has earned a C-USA Academic medal and is a member of the Tulsa President’s List and the Tulsa Dean's List. She has knocked in 39 runs this season and hit eight home runs while sporting a .991 fielding percentage.

UCF sophomore pitcher Mackenzie Audas earns a spot in the All-Academic Team, holding a 3.83 GPA in early childhood education. The 2012 C-USA Co-Pitcher of the Year is one of three league pitchers with more than 200 strikeouts (221) and has picked up four save this season. She is a two-time C-USA Academic Medal winner and Commissioner’s Honor Roll member.

The third 4.0 student to earn an All-Academic Team nod is UTEP’s Ashley Collazo. The graduate student majoring in public health is a five-time C-USA Academic Medal winner. She ranks third on the time in average (.273) and RBI (14) with an on-base percentage of .403.

With a 3.82 GPA in kinesiology, UTEP’s Kayleigh Walts earned a spot on the academic squad. The senior catcher has earned the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal four straight years and is second on the team in home runs (3) and RBI (20). Walts has picked of seven base runners this season and has caught 25 would-be base stealers to tie for the league lead.

The 2013 Conference USA Softball Championship will be held May 9-11 at the Collins Family Softball Complex in Tulsa, Okla.

C-USA Softball Championship Schedule - Championship Central

Thursday, May 9 - Games available on the C-USA Digital Network
(2) Houston vs. (7) Memphis – 11 a.m. CDT
(3) Tulsa vs. (6) UCF – 1:30 p.m. CDT
(1) UAB vs. (8) Southern Miss – 4:30 p.m. CDT
(4) Marshall vs. (5) East Carolina – 7 p.m. CDT

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