Arredondo Earns Academic All-America

May 25, 2010

University of Arizona senior shortstop K'Lee Arredondo was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams today.

Arredondo earned third-team honors along with outfielder Alissa Haber of Stanford, making them the only two Pac-10 Conference players cited by the College Sports Information Directors of America, whose members vote for the honors.

Arredondo was one of the sparkplugs in Arizona's 10-6 victory over Hofstra last Sunday to put the Wildcat softball team in an NCAA Super Regional this weekend against BYU. Her 12th-inning triple tied the game, which was won a few minutes later on a grand slam home run by sophomore Lini Koria.

Arredondo joins a select group of Wildcats named to the Academic All-America team, becoming the sixth player who combined for nine honors. Leah O'Brien (1994-1st), 1995-1st and 1997-1st) was a three-time pick, Jenny Dalton (1995-2nd, 1996-1st) was named twice, and Nancy Evans (1998-1st), Wendy Allen (2004-2nd) and Autumn Champion (2006-2nd) each were named to the team once.

Erika (Hansen) Barnes earned a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete All-America honor from national coaches in 2001.

Arredondo is a likely three-time first-team Academic All-Pac-10 honoree, won All-District VIII Academic honors twice and has enjoyed her best season on the field in 2009, with more opportunities to come.

Arredondo and her teammates are preparing for the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional showdown against BYU, which opens with a single game at 4 p.m. Friday at Hillenbrand Stadium. Game two is slated for 1:30 p.m. Saturday with a third to follow if necessary. All will broadcast live on ESPN2 and and Internet simulcast.