May 30, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) of the University of Michigan softball team is one of five players to earn Senior CLASS Award All-America first team distinction, as announced by Premier Sports Management Friday (May 30).
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.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Just last week (May 22), Sappingfield was named an Academic All-America second team selection. Sappingfield is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2012-13-14) and a three-time recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award.
For the first time in her career, Sappingfield was named NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first team as a senior. She has earned All-Big Ten plaudits three times in her career, including a first team selection this season, as well as garnering a spot on the first team in 2011 and second team in 2012. She also earned a spot on the All-Big Ten defensive team this year. As a senior, she had her most productive season, batting .402 with 12 extra-base hits, 24 runs batted in and an on-base percentage of .431.
A two-time captain (2013-14), she was just the fifth player in Michigan history to serve as captain for two seasons. She helped lead Michigan to its seventh consecutive Big Ten title and its third Super Regional in a row this year. She was also a part of U-M's Women's College World Series team in 2013.
In the community, Sappingfield was part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk each of her four seasons at Michigan. She also served as a clinician for the Michigan Softball Academy, a one-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. In 2014, the Academy raised more than $118,000 for ACS and the Making Strides organizations.
Sappingfield started 235 games over her four seasons and finished her career ranked fourth in U-M history with 190 runs scored, tied for fifth in career batting average at .355 and seventh with 271 hits.
Senior CLASS Award First Team All-America
Madison Shipman, Tennessee (Senior CLASS Award winner)
Dallas Escobedo, Arizona State
Kaila Hunt, Alabama
Kaitlin Inglesby, Washington
Nicole Sappingfield, Michigan
Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-America
Katie Keller, Louisville
Destinee Martinez, Oklahoma
Sara Nevins, South Florida
Hannah Rogers, Florida
Alysha Rudnik, Georgia Tech
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