Five Stanford Players Named To Pac-10 All-Academic Teams

May 28, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Junior pitcher Missy Penna headlined a group of five Stanford players who were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Softball Teams today, with the Cardinal ace earning a spot on the first team. Sophomore Shannon Koplitz and seniors Anna Beardman and Tricia Aggabao were named to the second team, while senior Michelle Smith earned honorable mention.

Penna was one of ten first-team honorees, and was one of only three players to earn a spot on both the All-Pac-10 First Team and the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team. A 2008 All-American, Penna set school records for single-season strikeouts (416) and wins (37) this season, while boasting a 1.17 ERA and a .161 opposing average. Penna, who boasts a 3.40 GPA, is a civil engineering major at Stanford. The conference academic honor was the second of her career, as she was named to the second team as a sophomore last season.

Koplitz, an undeclared sophomore with a 3.42 GPA, earned the first Pac-10 academic honor of her career. Stanford's starting second baseman, she hit .253 on the year with ten doubles and 33 RBI.

Aggabao, a senior human biology major with a 3.34 GPA, was recognized for the third straight year after earning honorable mention in 2006 and a second-team spot in 2007. Aggabao, a 2008 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention pick, played all 64 games in left field for Stanford and hit .258 with a team-high 16 stolen bases.

Beardman, who is also a senior majoring in human biology, owns a 3.30 GPA. She earned conference all-academic honors for the second time in her career, after receiving honorable mention in 2006. Stanford's starting right fielder, Beardman hit a career-best .267 this season, with 40 hits and eight stolen bases.

Smith, a senior human biology major with a 3.12 GPA, was honored for the third consecutive year. Smith, a four-time All-Pac-10 pick, hit .242 as a senior this season and was second on the team with 42 RBI.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

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