Three Mizzou softball players recognized for academics

By Karl Roskamp

No. 11 Missouri softball has not only been good on the field but also in the classroom this season.

On Friday, senior catcher Jenna Marston, junior outfielder Mackenzie Sykes and senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas were selected for the Capital One Academic All-District 6 team. The College Sports Information Directors of America select players based on athletic and academic performance.

An industrial engineering major, Marston has a 3.99 grade point average. She also ranks second in the Southeastern Conference in doubles (7) and on-base percentage (.500) this season. Marston has earned Academic All-District three times in her career and was named First Team Academic All-American last season. She was selected as a First Team Academic All-Big 12 in 2011 and 2012.

A sports management major, Sykes has a 3.92 GPA and is batting a career-best .333 this season. She also has hit seven home runs this season after hitting just four in her first two season. Sykes earned First Team Academic All-Big in 2012.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in biology, Thomas is in graduate school for positive coaching and has a 3.37 GPA. She leads the SEC in earned run average at 1.31 and opponent batting average at .162.  Thomas earned Second Team Academic All-American in 2012 and has been Academic All-District twice. Thomas was First Team Academic All-Big 12 three times from 2010 to 2012.

First Team Academic All‐District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All‐America Team ballot, from which first, second and third team All‐America honorees will be selected later this month.

Friday’s game against No. 4 Tennessee was postponed due to adverse weather. Saturday’s game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at noon at University Field are expected to be played.



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