May 29, 2014
NEW YORK – Jackie Reed of St. John’s and DePaul’s Kirsten Verdun were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team following standout seasons both on the softball field and in the classroom.
Verdun carries a 3.59 grade point average as a communication and media major, while also pursuing a minor in applied psychology. One of the most decorated players in DePaul softball history, Verdun is the first pitcher in program history to ever accumulate 900-innings with 900-plus strikeouts and 100 or more wins. She finished her career last Sunday standing first all-time at DePaul in starts, strikeouts looking and batters faced, while finishing second in the record books in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, appearances and complete games.
Reed became the first player in program history to earn Academic All-America honors after finishing the season with a .416 batting average with 13 doubles, 10 home runs, 29 RBI and a team-leading 21 walks for a .489 on-base percentage and .708 slugging percentage. Reed's .416 batting average also set the program's single-season record, breaking the .411 mark held by Melissa Valencia from 1997. Off the field, the senior has a cumulative 3.74 GPA as a Biology major.
Verdun and Reed both earned All-BIG EAST certificates this season as well, with Verdun being a unanimous pick to the First Team and Reed landing on the Second Team. Verdun, the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year, was tabbed the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player while Reed tied Championship single-game records for hits, home runs and runs en route to earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
For the complete list of Academic All-America honorees, click HERE.