Missy Penna Named Program's Second Academic All-American

May 27, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - Senior pitcher Missy Penna has been named a 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America today. The Cardinal ace from Miami, Fla. was among the 11 players named to the second team.

Penna, who has twice earned academic all-district honors, becomes the school's second all-time Academic All-American. Sarah Beeson was the program's first honoree in 2002.

A 2009 USA Softball National Player of the Year finalist, the Cardinal ace finished her career as Stanford's all-time leader in strikeouts (1,267), shutouts (50) and wins (119). She posted a 35-8 record with her third consecutive 300-K season this year, and consistently ranked among the nation's top 10 in shutouts, strikeouts and wins. She was the first active pitcher in the nation to reach 1,200 career K's, doing so on May 1, and finished her career tied at the 14th-winningest pitcher in NCAA history and the fourth-winningest in Pac-10 history. She earned her fourth career All-Pac-10 award with a first-team nod earlier this month, and was named to the All-West Region Team.

Penna, who boasts a 3.49 GPA, is finishing her degree in civil engineering this spring. A three-time Pac-10 All-Academic pick, she joined Arizona State's Kaitlin Cochran and Jessica Mapes as the three representatives from the Pac-10.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.