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Talented shortstop from Cypress, Calif., honored in the classroom as well

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alicia Herron, a sophomore on the No. 19 Ohio State softball team, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Second Team for the first time in her career Friday. The second-year starter at shortstop, Herron leads the Big Ten with a .429 batting average while maintaining a grade-point average greater than a 3.30 in nursing, a program fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Cypress, Calif., native becomes just the sixth Buckeye to earn the academic distinction as a sophomore and the first since Wendy Allen (2001-02) was named to an All-District IV team in 2002.

“Alicia Herron is a great representation of what our program is about,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “She excels in the classroom as well as on the softball diamond.

“Alicia and her teammates are focusing on finishing the season strong and I’m sure as the season awards come out, we will continue to be focused on the challenges in front of us. When the season is over, we will be able to feel good about all personal and team accomplishments.”

Herron, who set the freshman record for home runs in 2009 with 14, currently ranks fifth in the all-time Ohio State record book with 22 homers to date. She has started 101-of-102 games played in her short career and joins seniors Sam Marder, Courtney Pruner and Whitney Cooper as part of the Buckeyes’ power hitters.

This season, Herron has been able to find the gaps, recording a team-best 13 doubles and three triples while adding 10 stolen bases (in 10 attempts). She is second on the team with 39 RBI while scoring 31 runs, the fourth most on the squad.

In conference action, the 2009 Second Team All-Big Ten selection leads Ohio State hitting a team-best .420 with 18 RBI. She has hit four of her eight home runs this season against Big Ten opponents and has pounded out three doubles and two triples to help the Scarlet and Gray to a 12-2 record, good for second place in the league standings.

Since joining the Buckeyes, Herron has helped the squad hold a Top 25 national ranking for 27-consecutive weeks, spanning from the team’s debut Feb. 20, 2009 to its present ranking at 19th.

Ohio State, 33-12 overall on the season, heads off to University Park, Pa., this weekend for a two-game series vs. Penn State Saturday and Sunday. The Scarlet and Gray conclude their regular season hosting Northwestern May 14-15, which will be aired live on the Big Ten Network, and then await their postseason fate. In 2009, Ohio State made its first NCAA Super Regional after winning the NCAA Regional with a perfect 3-0 record in Columbus.

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV

         

University Division

         

FIRST TEAM

         

Catcher

Tiffany Huff

TENNESSEE

IV

Sr.

Saugus, Calif.

 

Special Education

Infield

Laura Roberts

TENNESSEE-MARTIN

IV

Sr.

Johnston City, Ill.

 

Integrated Studies, Educational Studies

Infield

Kellie Sirus

LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY

IV

Sr.

Sarasota, Fla.

 

Psychology

Infield

Charlotte Morgan

ALABAMA

IV

Sr.

Moreno, Valley, Calif.

 

Criminal Justice

Infield

Lacie Coquerille

TENNESSEE TECH

IV

Jr.

Rocky Face, Ga.

 

Biology

Outfield

Lauren Dortwegt

LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY

IV

Sr.

Downers Grove, Ill.

 

Interdisciplinary Teaching

Outfield

Angela Findlay

MICHIGAN

IV

Sr.

Lockport, Ill.

 

Psychology

Outfield

Kelly Grieve

TENNESSEE

IV

Jr.

Asheville, N.C.

 

Animal Science (Pre-Veterinary)

Pitcher

Paij Lintz

TENNESSEE-MARTIN

IV

Sr.

Lewisburg, Tenn.

 

International Studies, History & Philosophy

Pitcher

Anna Thompson

AUBURN UNIVERSITY

IV

Sr.

Huntsville, Ala.

 

Double major: Accounting and Finance

Designated Player

Shannon Smith

WESTERN KENTUCKY

IV

Sr.

Portage, Mich.

 

Accounting

SECOND TEAM

         

Catcher

Mandy Lowman

ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM

IV

So.

Huntsville, Ala.

 

Secondary education with a focus in math

Infield

Chelsea Cary

TENNESSEE-MARTIN

IV

Jr.

Erin, Tenn.

 

Computer Science & Information Systems

Infield

Jill Schulz

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

IV

Sr.

Livonia, Mich.

 

Business Administration

Infield

Alex Feltes

AKRON

IV

Jr.

Rocky River, Ohio

 

Mathematics

Infield

Alicia Herron

OHIO STATE

IV

So.

Cypress, Calif.

 

Nursing

Outfield

Brittany Scheer

MOREHEAD STATE

IV

Sr.

Paducah, Ky.

 

Exercise Science

Outfield

Alex Helfrich

AKRON

IV

So.

Grafton, Ohio

 

Middle Level Education

Outfield

Catie Cozart

AUSTIN PEAY

IV

So.

Newburgh, Ind.

 

Computer Science

Pitcher

Lindsey Vander Lugt

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

IV

Sr.

Olympia, Wash.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies

Pitcher

Kristen Wadwell

LOUISVILLE

IV

Sr.

Sydney, Australia

 

Psychology and Exercise Science

Designated Player

Melissa Bonner

OHIO UNIVERSITY

IV

Jr.

Kings Mills, Ohio

 

Family Studies