Softball Has Three Earn Academic All-America Honors

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Kayla Braud was named to the Academic All-America first team for the second straight season.
Kayla Braud was named to the Academic All-America first team for the second straight season.

May 24, 2012

TOWSON, Md. - Alabama junior outfielder Kayla Braud (Eugene, Ore.), junior infielder Jackey Branham (Troy, Mo.) and senior first baseman Cassie Reilly-Boccia (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) were named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Softball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Braud earned first team honors for the second straight season while Branham and Reilly-Boccia were named to the second team and garner the accolades for the first time in their careers. The three All-America honors tied the 2001 team for the most in a single year in program history.

A two-time All-American, Braud is a public relations major with a 3.92 GPA. The Eugene, Ore., native was named to the NFCA All-Region first team and was tabbed a second team All-SEC selection. She is batting .351 with 55 runs scored, 61 hits and 39 stolen bases.

Branham enters the Super Regional having played in 32 games with 19 starts. The Troy, Mo., native is batting .261 with two home runs and 11 RBI. Branham is a secondary education (science) major and sports a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Reilly-Boccia, a human performance, exercise science major, earned a 3.75 GPA. The Yorktown Heights, N.Y., native is second on the team with a .353 average and paces the Crimson Tide with a .516 on base percentage on the strength of 42 walks. She was also named to the All-Region first team.

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 her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

The Crimson Tide will open Super Regional play today against Michigan. The two teams will get things going at 7 p.m., at Rhoads Stadium. The game will air on ESPN2.

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