Slew of Tech Players Receive Big 12 Accolades|
May 9, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Eleven awards were given to Texas Tech softball players in a ceremony at the Big 12 Championship Friday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Three Red Raiders received All-Big 12 accolades, while eight players were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team.
Tech's eight academic all-conference awards tied for the second most in the conference, only one behind Baylor's nine, and marked the Red Raiders' most academic all-conference accolades in the history of the program. The three all-conference team honors are the most under Teresa Wilson and the most since 2004.
After helping Tech to its best conference finish since 2001 and the most home wins in school history this season, Jennifer Corkin, Leah Legler and Montana Patin were all named second team all-conference in voting done by the league's coaches. Corkin hit .273 on the year, including .280 in conference play, while helping anchor Tech's infield.
Legler led the Red Raiders with a .330 avg. while recording the second-most hits in the conference with 63 and tying for first in triples with four. She also finished among the conference leaders in runs scored and stolen bases. Patin leads Tech with seven home runs and 45 RBI, which ranks fifth in the conference. The Houston, Texas, product also hit .323 and ranked second in the conference in RBIs in conference play.
Nominated by each school's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the Academic All-Big 12 Team consisted of 54 athletes - 40 on the first team and 14 on the second team. First-team members carried a 3.20 grade point average or better, while players on the second team comprised those with a 3.0 to 3.19 GPA. In addition, student-athletes must have participated in 60 percent of their team's contests. Freshmen and transfers in their first year of academic residence were not eligible.
Of Tech's eight players recognized, four were named to the first team with four others making the second team. Legler was one of only three student-athletes honored that carries a perfect 4.0 GPA. The sophomore from Houston is currently majoring in Accounting. Others listed on the first team included junior Elizabeth Eimen (Nutritional Sciences), Sarah Losleben (Psychology) and Megan Shupp (Human Development and Family Studies). Second-team honorees included Jennifer Bowers (General Business), Corkin (Human Development and Family Studies), Patin (Wildlife and Fisheries Management) and Whitney Riley (Human Development and Family Studies).
Tech will face Missouri May 10 at 11:30 a.m. CST in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. The winner of that game will take on the winner of the Oklahoma-Nebraska contest at 4:30 p.m. Fans can catch the action at www.texastech.com.