May 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Alicia Herron, a senior captain on the Ohio State softball team, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Softball Division I First Team Thursday. A speech and hearing science major, Herron becomes the first Buckeye in program history to be named an Academic All-American.
Herron, a four-time All-Big Ten selection, led the Big Ten Conference in several batting categories for the majority of the season. She concluded her final season in the Scarlet and Gray with a .378 average, 48 runs scored, 51 hits, seven doubles, four triples, 14 home runs, 48 RBI, an .800 slugging percentage, 52 walks, 14 stolen bases and a .569 on-base percentage.
The Cypress, Calif., is at the top of multiple OSU career batting record lists, including first in runs scored (168), second in home runs (49) and RBI (176), third in hits (226), fourth in triples (11) and doubles (40) and fifth in walks (113) and batting average (.367).
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 his/her current institution and be nominated by his/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.