Two Softball Players Earn Academic All-District


Campbell softball senior catcher Taylor McGee and Radford senior shortstop Nichole Beall have been named to the Capital One  / Academic All-District III Softball University Division by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) the organization announced Friday, May 4th.

McGee has served as Campbell's starting catcher for each of her four years with the program while still maintaining a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.31 as a heath & physical education major. The Charlotte, N.C. is currently hitting .292 with 20 runs scored, 42 hits, nine doubles, nine home runs, 31 RBIs, 78 total bases and a slugging percentage of .542. McGee ranks among the conference leaders in numerous offensive categories. She is third in the league in slugging, tied for third in RBIs, fourth in in home runs, tied for fifth in total bases and tied for sixth in doubles,

McGee was just named the Big South Player of the Week earlier last week after hitting the 39th and 40th home runs of her career in last week's three-game set against Liberty. The home runs tie her for the all-time career record at Campbell. McGee enters the weekend ranking fourth in career total bases (303), fifth in RBIs (115) and walks (79) plus sixth in slugging percentage (.499).  McGee has been durable during her career and has played in 220 of Campbell's 222 games over the last four seasons with 219 starts.  She has been chosen three-times in her career for the Atlantic Sun's All-Academic Team and also has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Associations All-America Scholar Athlete Team in each of her first three seasons.

Beall, who holds a 3.60 GPA, has been a three-time member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll and been honored as a NFCA Scholar-Athlete on two occasions. She will graduate with a degree in exercise, sport and health education. 

On the field, Beall, who was named Radford's 2011-12 Female Student-Athlete of the Year, tops the Highlanders with a .350 batting average, 13 doubles, 13 home runs, 27 RBI and 45 runs scored. She also owns four career marks in home runs (52), total bases (452), walks (93) and consecutive starts (218) and is within in striking distance of three more.

This marks the first time that McGee has been voted Academic All-District III, which includes NCAA Division I schools from North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. McGee and Beall will now be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America Team.

CoSIDA's 1,800 members in the United States and Canada nominate players for the Capital One / Academic All-America® recognition.  To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve on his or her team.  CoSIDA members vote on the all-district teams, and then a national panel selects the Academic All-America squads. The national Capital One / Academic All-America® team will be announced later this month.