Missy Penna Nabs Spot On ESPN Academic All-District First Team

May 9, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Junior pitcher Missy Penna has been selected as a member of the ESPN Academic All-District First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America today. As a member of the First Team, she will appear on the ballot for 2008 Academic All-America honors.

Penna, a two-time All-Pac-10 pick who currently leads the conference in wins, is one of the top pitchers in the nation for the eighth-ranked Cardinal. Amidst the best season of her career, Penna owns a 1.05 ERA with a school-record 370 strikeouts. She has also posted a school-record 34 wins this season, and is on pace to break every pitching record in the Stanford books. In April, she became just the second pitcher in school history to hit 800 K's.

Penna's academic accomplishments are no less impressive. The Miami, Fla. native is a civil engineering major at Stanford with a 3.40 GPA. A 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection, Penna was one of five Pac-10 players to earn a spot on this year's University Division District 8 First Team.

Penna is the eighth ESPN Academic All-District selection all-time for the Stanford program, and the first since Catalina Morris was honored in 2006. The Cardinal junior is now in contention to become the school's second Academic All-American. Sarah Beeson has been the program's only Academic All-American to date, winning the award in 2002.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.

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