ASU’s Camp, Armstrong’s Duff Named Academic All-Americans
TOWSON, MD – Augusta State senior shortstop Kacee Camp and Armstrong junior outfielder Shelby Duff were named Capitol One CoSIDA Academic All-Americans on Wednesday. Camp was placed on the first team while Duff was named second team. The two players are the seventh and eight softball players in Peach Belt Conference history to be named an Academic All-American, widely regarded as the highest honor a student-athlete can achieve. The team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A senior biology major with a 3.88 GPA, Camp finished the season as well as she started, ending with a .390 average, 35 runs scored, 20 extra-base hits, 27 RBI, and a .451 on-base percentage. She led the Jaguars to the NCAA Southeast Regional for the fourth consecutive season. She has already been named first-team All-Peach Belt Conference for the season.
Camp becomes the first CoSIDA Academic All-American in Augusta State softball history. She graduated in May with a 3.88 GPA in biology. Named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll four times, the Harlem, Ga., native was also named to the PBC softball All-Academic team.
Duff, who was named to the second team as an outfielder, is just the second Armstrong player to earn Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America softball honors in the program's history. The Springfield, Ga., native carries a 3.63 GPA in radiologic sciences and was a first-team All-Peach Belt Conference and NFCA All-Region outfielder, hitting .416 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in helping the Pirates capture the 2012 Peach Belt Conference regular season title.
She joins Jessica Strong, who was a third-team Academic All-American outfielder in 2009, as the only players to earn the academic honor from Capital One and CoSIDA. Duff also joins Augusta State SS Kacee Camp (first team) as the only Peach Belt players to earn the honor in 2012.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
To see the complete list of CoSIDA Academic All-America Division II honorees, click here.