Grant Tabbed CoSIDA Academic All-American
May 22, 2014
TOWSON, Md. – Kirsty Grant of the NC State softball team has been selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Softball Team, announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The senior from Oakville, Ontario, becomes just the second Wolfpack softball player in school history to receive the honor and first since the 2005 season when Heather Gelbard collected the accolade.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or a key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or better on a scale of 4.0 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution.
Grant claimed a spot on the third team after compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.852 as a biological sciences major. Earlier this season, she was named a first-team Academic All-District III performer, thus qualifying as a candidate for Academic All-America honors.
This season, Grant posted the third-best batting average on the team with a .299 clip, including 41 hits and 14 runs batted in (RBI). She also hit three home runs during the year. More impressively, Grant was 18-for-19 on stolen base attempts this season, just eight shy of the school record for a single season.
In the first game of a doubleheader against Radford, Grant tied the program record with three stolen bases in a single game. She stole second twice during the contest and also swiped third base.
Grant is the only student-athlete from the ACC to be named to the Academic All-America Softball Team.
NC State finished the 2014 campaign with a 36-18 record, highlighted by a second consecutive trip to an NCAA Regional. The Wolfpack won the first two games of a regional for the first time in school history. Second-year head coach Shawn Rychcik’s squad also reached the 30-win plateau for the second consecutive season.
To view the complete Academic All-America team, click here.