Three Pac-10 Softball Players Named to ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America Team

June 1, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Three Pac-10 softball players have been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team. In order to be nominated for Academic All-America honors, a player must be a starter or significant reserve, must have a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and must have completed at least one full academic year at her institution.

UCLA senior Andrea Duran was the only Conference player named to the first team. Duran is the first Bruin softball player to earn first-team Academic All-America honors since Alleah Poulson in 1997. In addition to Pac-10 Player of the Year awards, Duran has been named to the All-Pac-10 first team, NFCA Pacific Region first team, and was the only player to earn three Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 2006. She was also the only player in the country to be honored as USA Softball Player of the Week twice, as well as earning the NFCA/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week recognition on two occasions.

Arizona's Autumn Champion was named to the second team. Already named to the All-Pac-10 and Academic All-District VIII teams, Champion is a two-time All-American who currently ranks fourth all-time for batting average, sixth for hits and 10th in runs scored in her career at UA. Champion is on track to earn her degree in elementary education in May 2007 and plans to pursue a career in teaching.

Senior Emily Friedman of California was named to the third team. Friedman, who recently signed with the Philadelphia Force of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league, carries a 3.60 GPA and is majoring in integrative biology and psychology. This year, she served as Cal's everyday second baseman and earned a Golden Bear Award for having the highest GPA on the softball team. She ranked fifth for the Bears in batting average (.313). Friedman picked up first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors earlier this month.

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