Penna, Koplitz Earn ESPN Academic All-District VIII Honors

May 11, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - Senior pitcher Missy Penna and junior third baseman Shannon Koplitz have both been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Penna and Koplitz took two of the 10 spots on the first team and are now in the running to be 2009 Academic All-Americans.

Penna, who was named to the District VIII First Team for the second year in a row, is a civil engineering major with a 3.49 GPA. A two-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete and two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection, Penna was also a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award this year. In 2008, she was one of only three players in the Pac-10 to earn a spot on the all-academic first team and the all-conference first team.

On the field, Penna is a 2008 All-American, two-time All-Pacific Region pick, three-time All-Pac-10 honoree and 2009 USA Softball National Player of the Year finalist. She has led Stanford to a 44-9 record with a program-best No. 2 national rank this year, throwing 256.1 innings with a 1.45 ERA, 31 wins, 17 shutouts and 323 strikeouts. She ranks among the top 10 pitchers in the nation in three major pitching categories and was the first active pitcher to reach 1,200 career K's earlier this month.

Koplitz, a human biology major with a 3.42 GPA, earned a spot on the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team last year. The academic all-district honor is the first of her career.

This season, Koplitz is hitting in the three spot for Stanford with a .309 batting average and eight home runs. She ranks among the top-10 players in the Pac-10 with 44 RBI and four triples.

The Stanford pair joined Arizona State's Kaitlin Cochran, Jessica Mapes and Krista Donnenwirth as the five first-team representatives from the Pac-10. As members of the first team, they will appear on the ballot for 2009 Academic All-America honors.

Penna and Koplitz bring Stanford's ESPN Academic All-District selection count up to 10. Penna joins Sarah Beeson as the school's only two-time winner. 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 3.30 cumulative grade point average and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.

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