June 27, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Three members of the 2014 NC State softball squad have been named to the ACC All-Academic Team, as announced Friday by the conference office. Kirsty Grant and Emily Weiman each collected their third consecutive selections to the team, while Lana Van Dyken earned her first listing.
To be eligible for consideration on the ACC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during her academic career.
Grant and Van Dyken are both majoring in biological sciences, while Weiman is a sport management major.
Kirsty Grant | Senior | C/OF | Oakville, Ontario, Canada
As a senior (2014): Garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team honors ... Named a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District III selection ... Started 52 games for the Wolfpack, making 22 starts behind the plate and 30 in right field ... Prior to the 2014 season, she had started every game at catcher, but made a smooth transition to the outfield ... Posted the third-highest batting average on the team with a .299 clip ... Had 10 multi-hit games ... Clubbed three solo homers, one each against Campbell, Boston College and at North Carolina ... Was 18-of-19 on stolen base attempts, just eight shy of the school record ... Tied the school record with three stolen bases against Radford by swiping second twice and third once.
Emily Weiman | Junior | P | Pasadena, Md.
As a junior (2014): Named a First Team All-ACC selection for the second consecutive year ... Posted a record of 30-15 in the circle for the Wolfpack, the second-most wins in the conference and by an NC State pitcher in program history ... Led the conference in innings pitched for the second consecutive season with 269.2 ... Struck out 253 batters, the third most in the ACC ... Compiled the fifth-best earned run average in the league with a 2.73 clip ... Started 42 games on the mound and made eight relief appearances to lead the ACC in total appearances with 50 ... Tallied double-digit strikeouts in five games, including a season-high 12 strikeouts against UNCW ... Threw 12 complete game shutouts to lead the ACC, finishing tied for sixth in the nation and breaking the school record (11) ... Went the distance in the circle 33 times on the year ... Earned two saves during the year, collecting one against USC Upstate and Pittsburgh ... Hurled the second no-hitter of her career against St. Bonaventure.
Lana Van Dyken | Sophomore | 3B | Puyallup, Wash.
As a sophomore (2014): One of only three players on the team to start all 54 games, all of which were at third base ... Recorded a career-best batting average of .361, the third highest for a single season in Wolfpack history ... Collected 53 hits, including six doubles, a triple and two home runs ... Had 14 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI contests ... Tallied four three-hit performances ... Hit her first home run of the season against East Carolina, a walk-off blast in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Pack to a 5-4 win ... Smacked her other round-tripper of the year in the Wolfpack's 5-4 win over Georgia in the NCAA Regional ... Swiped eight bases on the season, including a career-high three stolen bases against Lehigh which tied the school record for most stolen bases in a single game ... Had her best performance of the year against Georgia in the regional as she was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI ... Compiled a slugging percentage of .456 and an on-base percentage of .424
The Wolfpack finished the season with a 36-18 record, including a 16-8 mark in ACC play. State advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season under head coach Shawn Rychcik and made history by becoming the first team from the state of North Carolina to win the first two games of an NCAA Regional, advancing to the final without a loss.
NC State was also the first team since 2005 to defeat a top-four national seed before a regional final with the Wolfpack’s 5-4 win against fourth-seeded Georgia.
To see the complete ACC All-Academic Team click here.