Janssen and Neal Earn Capital One Academic All-America Second Team Honors
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAM
St. Louis, Mo., May 21, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis senior outfielder Ashley Janssen and junior designated player Kelsey Neal were named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Softball Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Janssen is just the sixth softball student-athlete in school history to earn Academic All-America honors joining Liz Swary (2003, 2004, 2005), Laura D’Andrea (2006), Laurel Sagartz (2007), Claire Voris (2011) and Neal (2012, 2013). Neal is the second player in school history to earn multiple Academic All-America awards after earning third-team accolades in 2012.
“The academic rigors at Washington University can be quite challenging. Ashley and Kelsey are exceptional students with tremendous athletic ability,” said eighth-year head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté. “This honor is a result of their commitment to excel in the classroom and on the diamond. I am extremely proud of their accomplishment.”
Janssen, a second-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region and University Athletic Association (UAA) honoree, emerged as one of the top hitters in the conference with a .451 batting average in 45 starts for the Bears. She recorded 20 multiple-hit games this season, and reached base in the final 36 games. Janssen ranked in the top-three in the conference in five offensive categories: first in hits (69), second in batting average (.451) and on-base percentage (.451), and third in walks (21) and runs scored (41).
She finished her four-year career as one of the top hitters in school history, ranking first in on-base percentage (.485) and walks (64), second in batting average (.408), third in hits (181), fourth in stolen bases (34) and fifth in runs scored (114). A two-time first-team Capital One Academic All-District and three-time Academic All-UAA honoree, Janssen has a 3.87 grade point average while majoring in neuroscience.
Neal, a first-team all-UAA and second-team NFCA Midwest Region selection, started all 45 games and hit .349 with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 55 RBIs. Neal ranked in the top-10 in the UAA in four offensive categories: second in doubles (15), RBIs (55) and sacrifice flies (4), and third in total bases (91). She finished the season with 13 multiple-hit and 14 multiple-RBI games.
On the mound, Neal posted a 13-7 record with a 3.22 earned run average in 24 starts. She recorded 87 strikeouts in 108 2/3 innings pitched, while limiting opponents to a .270 batting average. A two-time Capital One First-Team Academic All-District and Academic All-UAA honoree, Neal has a 3.87 GPA while majoring in economics.
In order to be selected to an Academic All-America team, a student-athlete must demonstrate success on the playing field and in the classroom, with academic and athletic achievements taken into consideration. The student-athlete must possess a minimum 3.30 GPA and be at least a sophomore in academic standing.
Washington University finished the 2013 season with a 31-14 overall record, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in the last 12 years. The Bears also placed second in the UAA with a 5-3 mark.