Kirwan honored by ESPN The Magazine Krystal Kirwan, of The University of South Dakota softball team, has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team. The team, which is voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), was announced May 28. Kirwan (Sr., Omaha, NE) becomes the first softball player in USD history to earn Academic All-America honors. Earlier this season she was selected to Academic All-NCC team and was named to the NCC Commissionerâ�?�?s Academic Softball Honor Roll. The Coyote third baseman is an English major with a 4.0 grade point average. One of only two players to start all 44 games this season for USD, Kirwan led the team in five categories. She finished with a team-high in hits (43), doubles (15), runs batted in (23), runs (26) and slugging percentage (.523). Of South Dakotaâ�?�?s every day players, her .326 batting average was the best. Kirwan had 12 multi-hit games, seven multi-RBI games and hit safely in 27 games. South Dakota finished the season with a 19-25 record, including a 6-6 third place finish in the NCC. The Coyotes will begin their first year of transition to NCAA Division I in 2008-09.
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