TOWSON, Md.—(Hawaii Athletics) University of Hawai'i softball pitcher Stephanie Ricketts earned 2012 Capitol One Academic All-America® Division I softball team third-team honors, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Ricketts is just the second Rainbow Wahine to ever be named an Academic All-American.
Ricketts, a San Jose, Calif. native, not only had a stellar senior season on the field, but she also graduated in four years with a degree in psychology two weeks ago and has been accepted into UH's master's of nursing program. She went 28-6 with a career-best .824 win percentage with 30 complete games and a career-high 10 shut outs. She logged 226.0 innings in the pitching circle with 92 walks and 229 strike outs while holding opponents to a career-low .191 batting average. Ricketts leaves UH as the program's career record holder with 102 wins, 33 shut outs, 116 complete games, 164 appearances, 938.1 innings pitched, with 818 strike outs.
The only other Rainbow Wahine to ever earn the prestigious honor was Tracy Loo in 1992. Only nine Hawai'i players have ever earned CoSIDA All-District 8 honors 11 times, including Ricketts' teammate, Kelly Majam who is just the second UH player to earn all-District honors multiple times in 2011 and '12.
The Capital One Division I Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2011-12 D-I Academic All-America® teams program.
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.
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