Longwood softball players make Academic All-District team

Published 4:39 pm Saturday, June 1, 2024

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Longwood graduate student Korynna Anderson, seniors Lauren Fox and Kayley DeVivi, junior Emily Vinson and sophomore Maggie Chapin were named to the 2024 Academic All-District Softball Team, as selected by College Sports Communicators, the organization announced Tuesday.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have played in at least 90% of their team’s games (17 appearances or 25 innings pitched for pitchers) and have at least a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average.

The five players will now appear on the ballot for the 2024 College Sports Communicators Academic All-America Softball Team. The first-, second- and third-team Academic All-America honorees will be announced on June 18.

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Anderson, who graduated with her masters of business administration earlier in May, carried a 4.0 GPA while also being recognized as part of the Big South All-Academic Team for a second consecutive season. Anderson, who was an all-Big South second team selection this season, started all 52 games at third base, batting .256 with 40 hits in 156 at-bats while leading the team in doubles with 10. She posted eight multiple-hit games and five multi-RBI games on the year.

Fox, who graduated with a degree in kinesiology and a 3.814 GPA, led the Lancers in batting average at .337 in 51 games and 50 starts this season, also tying for the team lead in runs scored with 26. She earned all-Big South first team honors after finishing second in the league in both batting average and hits (56), also tying for fourth in triples with two.

DeVivi is a communication sciences and disorders graduate with a 3.524 GPA who batted .266 in 50 games and 49 starts. DeVivi, who was an all-Big South second team honoree, tied for fourth in the league with eight home runs, was sixth in slugging percentage at .494 and tied for ninth in runs scored with 26.

Vinson, a psychology major with a 3.79 GPA, patrolled center field for the Lancers in all 52 games, batting .269 with 39 hits in 145 at-bats. She was an all-Big South second team pick, who had nine multi-hit games and seven multi- RBI games on the season. 

Chapin, a 3.87 GPA student in kinesiology, finished 14-14 with a 4.13 ERA and six shutouts in 157 2/3 innings in the circle. Another all-Big South second team selection, she was a two-time league pitcher of the week on March 18 and April 1.

Since 1952, the award has recognized the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the diamond and in the classroom. The Academic All-America® program separately recognizes student-athletes in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

Second-seeded Longwood finished 19-33 on the season, falling to Winthrop in the Big South tournament.