Five Receive Pac-10 Academic Honors

May 26, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - Senior Missy Penna and sophomore Autumn Albers headlined a group of five Stanford players who received Pac-10 All-Academic accolades today, with the pair earning spots on the first team. Junior Shannon Koplitz and sophomore Brittany Minder were named to the second team, while junior Alissa Haber garnered honorable mention.

Penna was one of ten first-team honorees for the second year in a row, and joined Arizona State senior Kaitlin Cochran as the conference's only players to earn a spot on both the All-Pac-10 First Team and the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team. A 2009 USA Softball National Player of the Year finalist, the Cardinal ace finished her career as Stanford's all-time leader in strikeouts, shutouts and wins and posted a 35-8 record with her third consecutive 300-K season this year. Penna, who boasts a 3.49 GPA, is finishing her degree in civil engineering this spring. The conference academic honor was the third of her career.

Albers, an undeclared sophomore with a team-high 3.96 GPA, earned the first Pac-10 academic honor of her career. An outfielder and key utility player, Albers appeared in 37 games, scored 14 runs and was a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases.

Koplitz, a human biology major with a 3.42 GPA, was recognized for the second straight year. The junior infielder, who also earned a second-team nod last season, was Stanford's starting third baseman in 2009 and earned spots on the All-Pac-10 Second Team and the All-West Region Team. Hitting in the three hole for the Cardinal, she posted a .325 batting average with eight home runs and one of the top-10 RBI totals in school history (48).

Minder, an undeclared sophomore with a 3.40 GPA, collected her first conference academic honor. In 2009, she saw 44 at bats in 30 games and recorded nine hits.

Haber, a junior English major with a 3.02 GPA, was also honored for the first time in her career. A three-time All-Pac-10 selection and three-time all-region pick, she led the team in nearly every offensive category again this season with a .443 batting average, 61 runs, 89 hits, 26 doubles, a .721 slugging percentage and a .507 on-base percentage. Her 26 doubles broke a school record, while her .443 batting average was second only to Jessica Mendoza's 2000 clip (.475).

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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