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    UT's Chavanne Tops Academic All-American Team

    TOWSON, Md. – Senior third baseman Raven Chavanne of the University of Tennessee leads the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I softball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

    A political science major with a 3.84 G.P.A., Chavanne has been chosen as the winner of the Academic All-America® of the Year award for the Division I softball Team.

    The Thousand Oaks, Cal., native is a three-time first team Capital One Academic All-America® selection, earning first team notice as an outfielder in 2011 and making the team as an infielder in 2012 and 2013. In addition, for the third year in a row, she is a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year.

    A three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American (2010, 2011, 2012), Chavanne is a four-time NFCA All-Southeast Region selection. She has also been named to the All-Southeastern Conference team four times. She was named to the first team in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and to the second team in 2010.

    A finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, she is Tennessee’s career leader in batting average (.451), runs (242), stolen bases (141) and on-base percentage (.515). She also ranks second in career hits (351), fourth in triples (11), fifth in at bats (779) and sixth in slugging percentage (.553). The Lady Vols’ leadoff hitter, she has led No. 5 Tennessee to a 47-10 record and a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals. Currently batting .470, she has 114 career multi-hit games at Tennessee.

    Chavanne is one of eight players on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I first team that participated in the NCAA Regionals last weekend. Seven of those players helped their teams advance to play in the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend.

    In addition to Chavanne, pitcher Olivia Galati of Hofstra University, pitcher Chelsea Thomas and catcher Jenna Marston of the University of Missouri, infielder Sam Parlich and outfielder Bailey Wigness of Arizona State University, outfielder Kayla Braud of the University of Alabama, and designated player Alexa Peterson of the University of Oregon played in the 64-team NCAA Tournament.

    Chavanne, Marston, Braud and Wigness are repeat first team selections on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I softball team while Chavanne and Braud are making their third appearance on the first team.

    A senior public relations major at Alabama with a 3.78 G.P.A., Braud is the third-leading hitter in NCAA Division I with a .476 batting average. She is also 12th in the nation with 1.1 runs per game and ranks 18th with 0.64 stolen bases per game. A four-time All-Southeastern Conference selection, she earned first team honors three times and was a second team pick this year. The Eugene, Ore. native has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times. A two-time NFCA All-American, she was named to the 2012 Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team.

    Marston and Thomas represent Missouri on the first team. They have guided the sixth-seeded Tigers to a 38-12 record and a berth in the Super Regionals where Missouri faces Washington.

    A senior industrial engineering major with a 3.99 G.P.A., Marston was named as a first team All-SEC catcher this season and was a three-time All-Big 12 honoree. She earned two first team All-Big 12 honors at shortstop before moving to catcher in 2012 and making the second team. She was named as the SEC’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 award winner. A .353 hitter, she leads the team-leader with 16 doubles.

    A graduate student in positive coaching with a 4.00 G.P.A., Thomas earned her undergraduate degree in biology with a 3.37 G.P.A. The Pleasantville, Iowa native has posted a 24-4 record with a 1.14 ERA and 221 strikeouts this season. A member of Team USA in 2011 and 2012, Thomas was named as the 2013 SEC Pitcher of Year. She was named as the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore and junior. A two-time NFCA first team All-American, Thomas was a Top Three Finalist for USA Softball National Player of the Year in 2011 and is the all-time strikeouts leader at Mizzou.

    The Capital One Academic All-America® second team consists of pitchers Michelle Gascoigne of the University of Oklahoma and Ellen Renfroe of the University of Tennessee, catcher Lauren Gellerman of Ohio University, infielders Marisa Best of Northwestern University, Brittany Hammer of Seton Hall University, Kaila Hunt of the University of Alabama, and Madison Shipman of the University of Tennessee. Outfielders Kelly Majam of the University of Hawaii, Amber Olive of New Mexico State University, and Leah Taylor of the University of Tennessee at Martin join designated player Erin Kipp of Louisiana Tech University to round out the second team.

    The third team consists of pitchers Becca Changstrom of Creighton University and Hope McLemore of the University of Arkansas, catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt of the University of California, infielders Elizabeth Arana of Stephen F. Austin State University, Alexa Becker of Murray State University, Kelly Hensley of Florida State University, and Kaitlyn Richardson of the University of Minnesota. Outfielders Michelle Banuelos-Smith of Bethune-Cookman University, Jessica Gironda of Kent State University and Andie Varsho of Purdue University join designated player Chelsey Schoenfeldt of Winthrop University to complete the third team.