May 5, 2011

Trio of Islanders softball players named to Capital One Academic All-District Teams

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball had three of its players named to the Capital One Academic All-District Softball Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) on Thursday afternoon. Junior Hannah Schwarz was named to the first team while seniors Caley Jeter and Lauren Dodson were second team honorees from District 6 of CoSIDA. The district is composed of all teams from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

"I like the academic postseason awards because it recognizes how hard the kids work, obviously on the field, but in the classroom those three kids are top notch," said head coach Jake Schumann. "I don't want to say they are few and far between, but they are the elite as far as blending academics and softball together.

"They deserve it and I'm happy for them."

Schwarz, a native of Kerrville, Texas is a junior with a 4.0 GPA in Interdisciplinary Studies with plans to become a teacher after graduating. In addition to her performance in the classroom, Schwarz has done just as much on the field and in the community. The centerfielder for the Islanders leads the team with a .371 batting average and is second with a .417 on-base percentage. She has a team-high 62 hits and 36 runs to go along with two triples and 13 RBI. She has just one error all season for a .971 fielding percentage. She has started 105 games and played in 106 so far in her two-year career with the Islanders.

She is also the Community Service Chair for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and has helped lead initiatives for several different charities. She has served as a tutor on a weekly basis for the Boys and Girls Club along with speaking to young people about her life and experiences as a college athlete. Additionally, she is a Certified Peer Educator for the Islander Athlete Mentor program.

Jeter is a native of Huntsville, Texas and has been a two-year starter for the Islanders at second base. In that time, she has earned a .355 career batting average, the second-highest mark in school history. She is currently batting .324 this season and has a team-high 34 RBI while her 10 doubles are second on the team. She has just two errors on the season for a .991 fielding percentage while playing the infield and is 7-of-8 on stolen base attempts. Her four sacrifice flies are a school record and she is tied for 12th in the nation in the category. Jeter has started 105 games while playing in 106 of a possible 109 games in her career. The senior has a 3.67 GPA in accounting and is on track to graduate later this month.

The final honoree is Grove, Okla. native Lauren Dodson. She has started the past two seasons at shortstop for the Islanders, starting 108-of-109 games in her career as she has missed just one game in her two seasons at the Island University. She has a .287 career batting average, 24 doubles and 64 RBI. Her 11 doubles this season are a team high and her 33 RBI are the second-most among the team. She holds a 3.33 GPA in English and is also scheduled to graduate this May.

Due to Schwarz being named to the first team, she will be eligible for the All-America team that will be voted on later this month. Voting will conclude during the third week on May and the All-America teams will be announced on Thursday, May 26.

"When you go out recruiting, you're not only looking for good softball players, but you're looking for kids that are going to do well in the classroom and that you never have to worry about," said Schumann. "Hopefully that goes a long way with our academic staff and everybody else; it just makes life a lot easier when you have smart kids.

"Obviously not everyone on your team is going to be as talented as those kids, but that's what you try to do when you go out recruiting; balance a good kid with good academics and great softball talent."

Katie Duhe of Southeastern Louisiana and Katie McGregor of Central Arkansas are the only other Southland players named to the first team while Kelee Grimes and Melanie Bryant were named to the second team. The three Islanders were the most representatives from a team in the Southland, with Central Arkansas placing two while Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana had one each.