Four Big 12 softball standouts have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America teams, as announced by CoSIDA. Oklahoma State's Chelsea Garcia earned first-team recognition while Ashley Hagemann (Nebraska) and Holley Gentsch (Texas Tech) garnered second-team honors. Nikki Haget (Nebraska) rounded out the Conference honorees as she was named to the third team.
Garcia, a Moore, Okla., native, is just the fifth Cowgirl softball player to be named first-team Academic All-American in school history, and the first since Lauren Bay was honored in 2003. The Cowgirl junior is hitting .337 this season and leads the team in both home runs (12) and runs batted in (53). She has started every game of her career at shortstop, currently 175 games and counting. Garcia is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection and a two-time first-team Academic All-District VI choice. She has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average while majoring in secondary education/mathematics with a minor in Spanish at OSU.
Hagemann, a right-hander from Elkhorn, Neb., was one of three pitchers named to the second team and was the only non-senior pitcher named to the first or second team. Hagemann carries a 3.56 grade-point average as an elementary education major. She also excelled on the field this season, posting a 31-13 record with 344 strikeouts, ranking second in school history in strikeouts and third in wins. Hagemann was also a first-team All-Big 12 selection and a second-team All-Midwest region pick.
A two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team selection, Gentsch, a sociology major, has compiled a 3.96 GPA during her three years at Tech, while also posting a 4.0 GPA in each of her five previous semesters.
Gentsch recorded a .284 average with a home run and 17 RBI during her third-straight season primarily handling Tech's catching duties. She finished with an impressive .323 average against Big 12 pitching which was second on the team behind Emily Bledsoe.
A four-year high school teammate of Hagemann's at Elkhorn High School, Haget was one of three outfielders on the third team. Haget carries a 3.92 GPA as a forensic science major. On the field, Haget was the Huskers' leadoff hitter all season, batting .341 while leading the team with 62 hits, 51 runs scored and 16 stolen bases.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve,
maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at
his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Chelsea Garcia, Oklahoma State, Jr., INF
Ashley Hagemann, Nebraska, Jr., P
Holley Gentsch, Texas Tech, Jr., C
Nikki Haget, Nebraska, Jr., OF