May 4, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team had a Southeastern Conference best five selections to the Capital One Academic All-District team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Friday. The 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Softball Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third-team All-Americans will be selected later this month.
2011 Academic All-American Kayla Braud earned District IV accolades for the second straight season and is joined by senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia, junior Jackey Branham and sophomores Jackie Traina and Kaila Hunt. Reilly-Boccia and Branham also earn the all-district honors last season. The five all-district honors is also a program record.
Braud showcases a 3.92 GPA in public relations. The Eugene, Ore., native has played in 47 games and sports a .352 batting average with 45 runs and 30 stolen bases. Reilly-Boccia, a Yorktown Heights, N.Y., native, has a 3.75 GPA in human performance/exercise science. She has played in all 50 games, hitting .339 with nine home runs and 40 RBI. The senior has a .525 on base percentage on the strength of 39 walks.
Traina earned the honor in her first season eligible for selection. A social work major with a 3.66 GPA, Traina has led the Tide in the circle and at the plate. The Naples, Fla., native is 29-1 with a 1.71 ERA and is hitting .333 with eight home runs and 27 RBI.
Branham returns to the list after compiling a perfect 4.0 GPA in secondary education. The Troy, Mo., native has played in 29 games and is hitting .273 with two home runs and 11 RBI. Hunt, a secondary education/mathematics major also sports a perfect 4.0 GPA and also earned district honors in the first season she was eligible for selection. The Evans, Ga., native has had a breakout season, smashing 16 home runs while adding 51 RBI. Hunt is hitting .308 and slugging .722.
Alabama opens its SEC championship deciding series against Florida, Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Saturday contest will air on ESPN2 at 3 p.m., while the Sunday matinee will be shown on ESPNU at 2 p.m.