Four Pac-12 athletes named to CoSIDA Academic All-America team

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -  Four Pac-12 softball players were named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I softball team, as announced by CoSIDA on Thursday. The first team was highlighted by OREGON junior Alexa Peterson, only one of two athletes with a perfect 4.00 on the first team. Joining her on the first team were senior Sam Parlich and junior Bailey Wigness, both from ARIZONA STATE. CALIFORNIA senior Lindsey Ziegenhirt was named to the third team.

Peterson a Salem, Ore., native, earned first-team honors after earning a 3.41 GPA while studying communication disorder sciences. The junior designated player for the Ducks currently holds the team's best batting average at .453. She has 39 RBI on the year and owns a .844 slugging percentage, also a team best. Peterson is solid on defense as well with a .995 fielding percentage. She will help lead Oregon in NCAA super regional competition against Nebraska.

Parlich, a senior hailing from Chandler, Ariz., has posted a .355 batting average after appearing in 57 games for the Sun Devils this season. She hit 10 home runs while bringing in 41 RBI. Parlich boasts a .946 fielding percentage while playing second base. The senior is studying family and human development and currently owns a 3.63 GPA.

The junior outfielder for the Sun Devils, Wigness, boasts a perfect 4.00 GPA while studying political science and communication. Wigness also stars on the softball field as she is currently tied for second on ASU for batting average with .382. She has tallied 50 hits on the year and has a .405 slugging percentage. She also has tallied a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Wigness and Parlich have helped lead the Sun Devils to a perfect 3-0 record thus far in the NCAA tournament. The team will host Kentucky in Super Regional play May 25-26.

Ziegenhirt, the Pac-12 Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, is a psychology major with a 3.77 GPA. She boasts a top five fielding percentage on the Golden Bears team with a .996. The senior has hit 17 home runs this season, almost double the amount of her next closest teammate. She has tallied the team's highest slugging percentage with .662. Ziegenhirt and the Golden Bears advanced to the NCAA tournament this season, but fell in regional competition.

First Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
INF Sam Parlich Arizona State Sr. Chandler, Ariz. 3.63 Family and Human Development
OF Bailey Wigness (1) Arizona State Jr. Casa Grande, Ariz. 4.00 Political Science/Communication
DP Alexa Peterson Oregon Jr. Salem, Ore. 3.41 Communication Disorder Sciences

(1) Capital One Academic All-America first team selection in 2012

Third Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
C Lindsey Ziegenhirt California Sr. Elk Grove, Calif. 3.77 Psychology


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