May 1, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) of the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan softball team was voted to the Capital One Academic All-District Team today (Thursday, May 1) by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Sappingfield is now eligible to be voted to the Academic All-America team.
Sappingfield is one of just three Big Ten student-athletes named to the all-district team from region five, which encompasses the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The senior co-captain plans to graduate with a degree in comparative literature from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and plans to attend law school in the fall.
The senior is in her second season as a captain, just the fifth player in Michigan history to serve as captain in two seasons. She has helped lead Michigan to a 39-9 overall record and 17-3 mark in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are currently in first place in the league, and Sappingfield has the third-most hits among Big Ten players (65) and the fourth-best batting average (.404).
Sappingfield has been a stalwart in the Michigan lineup since her freshman year, with 222 career starts. She is currently seventh on U-M's career runs list (179), ninth all-time in hits (253) and ninth in career batting average (.352).
Sappingfield has been named All-Big Ten twice in her career (first team in 2011, second team in 2012). She is in the running for the Senior CLASS Award, one of 10 finalists from across the country. Sappingfield is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten (2012-13) member and a two-time recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award.
Michigan takes Wisconsin in a three-game series beginning Friday (May 2) at the Wilpon Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. and tickets are available through MGoBlue.com. The game will be streamed through MGoBlue.com and broadcast live on 1290 WLBY.
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