SOU's Randall an Academic All American
Once again, Southern Oregon University junior Kelsey Randall is in a class by herself.
Randall, a shortstop from Concord, Calif. who also starts for the SOU women's soccer team, is the first player in Raider softball history to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. She landed on the 11-person second team, which was announced along with the 11-person first team on Monday.
Voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the program is designed to recognize student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Covering the NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions, one must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 to be eligible for the honor.
Randall is a business major with a 3.56 GPA.
She's enjoying her best season to date, having recently been named All-Cascade Conference and a CCC Gold Glove winner for the third year in a row. She's helped the Raiders set a team record for wins (44-13) and reach their first-ever NAIA World Series, where they'll begin play Friday morning against Indiana Wesleyan.
Randall has started all 57 games for the Raiders and is batting .444 with a .496 on-base average and just six errors in the field. She's also broken single-season team records for hits (91), triples (10), total bases (119) and multi-hit games (28). Earlier this season, she set another school record with a 23-game hitting streak.
In the fall, she received All-CCC honorable mention for her efforts in helping the Raider women's soccer team to its first regular-season conference title.
Only 11 Raiders across all sports had previously been voted CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Randall is the second student-athlete representing an SOU women's team to get the honor.