May 22, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich.-- Senior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) of the No. 13-ranked University of Michigan softball team was voted to the Capital One Academic All-America second team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday (May 22).
Sappingfield recently graduated from Michigan with a degree in comparative literature. She plans to attend law school in the fall, and eventually focus on human rights issues.
Michigan's last Academic All-America selection was Angela Findlay in 2010, who was also voted to the second team. Including Sappingfield's inclusion, Wolverines have earned Academic All-America distinction fifteen times.
Sappingfield has been named All-Big Ten three times in her career, including a first team selection this season, as well as first team in 2011 and second team in 2012. She also earned a spot on the All-Big Ten defensive team this year. She is in the running for the Senior CLASS Award, one of ten finalists from across the country. Sappingfield is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2012-13) and a three-time recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award.
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 helped lead Michigan to its seventh consecutive Big Ten title and its third Super Regional in a row. She was a part of U-M's Women's College World Series team in 2013.
Sappingfield has 232 career starts to her credit, and currently ranks fifth in U-M history with 188 runs scored and eighth with 271 hits. She is having her most productive season a senior, batting .409 with 11 extra-base hits, 23 RBI and an on-base percentage of .437.
The Wolverines begin Super Regional play on Thursday (May 22) against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. EDT and the game will be carried live on ESPN.
Academic All-America First Team
Anna Miller, P, South Carolina Upstate -- Business Adminstration/Marketing
Ellen Renfroe, P, Tennessee -- Psychology
Molly Fichtner, C, Alabama -- General Studies
Jill Barnett, INF, Tulsa -- Exercise and Sports Science
Jacki Fletcher, INF, Illinois Chicago -- Kinesiology
Kaila Hunt, INF, Alabama -- Secondary Education (Math)
Madison Shipman, INF, Tennessee -- Anthropology
Haylie McCleney, OF, Alabama -- Exercise Science
Andie Varsho, OF, Purdue -- Organizational Leadership and Supervision
Bailey Wigness, OF, Arizona State -- Political Science/Communications
Terah Blackwell, DP, Idaho State -- Biology
Academic All-America Second Team
Whitney Canion, P, Baylor -- Sports Management (graduate school)
Stephanie Maday, P, Eastern Illinois -- Elementary Education
Amber Freeman, C, Arizona State -- Health Sciences
Kelsey Barak, INF, Grand Canyon -- Exercise Science
Marisa Bast, INF, Northwestern -- Learning and Organizational Change
Sara Borders, INF, Jacksonville State -- Exercise Science and Wellness
Ryan Iamurri, INF, Alabama -- Public Relations
Alana DiVittorio, OF, McNeese State -- Civil Engineering
Jayme Mask, OF, Boston -- Biology/Psychology
Nicole Sappingfield, OF, Michigan -- Comparative Literature
Brooke Owens, DP, Eastern Illinois -- Biological Sciences
Academic All-America Third Team
Cheridan Hawkins, P, Oregon -- Family and Human Services
Kirsten Verdun, P, DePaul -- Communication and Media
Haley Outon, C, Houston -- Health Promotions
Elizabeth Arana, INF, Stephen F. Austin -- Health Science
Kate Bown, INF, Manhattan -- Physical Education
Jackie Reed, INF, St. John's -- Biology
Megan Robinson, INF, Liberty -- Youth Ministries
Amanda Geile, OF, Arkansas -- Childhood Education
Kirsten Grant, OF, North Carolina State -- Biological Sciences
Allie Mathewson, OF, Nebraska Omaha -- Pre-Secondary Education
Jackie Stifter, DP, North Dakota State -- Social Science Education/Public History
Contact: Michael Kasiborski