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First Sooner Softball Player Honored As Academic All-American Since 2007

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: May 24, 2013
Oklahoma pitcher Michelle Gascoigne was named an Academic All-American on Thursday. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archives
Oklahoma pitcher Michelle Gascoigne was named an Academic All-American on Thursday. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archives

Oklahoma pitcher Michelle Gascoigne was named an Academic All-American on Thursday. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archives

Senior pitcher Michelle Gascoigne was named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday.

An elementary education major, Gascoigne was officially named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Second Team.

The honor makes her the first Sooner placed on the Academic All-American since Norelle Dickson was named to the second team in 2007. Gascoigne is now the seventh player in Oklahoma history to be named to the list.

Per OU Athletics:

Gascoigne has collected this season. She has already been named second-team All-Central Region, All-Big 12 Second Team and Academic All-Big 12. In addition, she was tabbed as one of the 10 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award.

Sporting an 18-3 record, Gascoigne leads the country with her 0.92 earned run average. She has struck out 198 batters and walked just 29 in 129.0 innings of work. She sits fifth in the nation with 10.6 strikeouts per seven innings and is ninth with 3.96 hits allowed per seven innings.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.


by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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