June 3, 2004
WALTHAM, Mass. - University of Arizona senior Wendy Allen today was named to the Academic All-America Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Allen, the Cats' designated player, first baseman and pitcher from Moreno Valley, Calif., earned second-team honors for the University Division. She carries a 3.324 grade point average in business management.
She is Arizona's first Academic All-American since current UA coach and former pitcher Nancy Evans earned first-team honors in 1998, and the Wildcats' fourth player to earn the distinction.
Former Cats Leah O'Brien (Amico) earned first-team honors in 1994, 1995 and 1997, while Jenny Dalton earned second-team honors in 1995 and first-team honors in 1996. Erika Hanson was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete All-America team in 2001.
Allen led the nation in runs batted in in 2004 with 1.22 per game, and finished in the top 50 with a .396 batting average. She was named a first-team All-American by NFCA, and also earned first-team All-Pacific-Region and first-team All-Pac-10 honors for the Cats.
Allen was the only player in the Pacific-10 Conference to earn one of 33 spots on the first-, second- or third-team All-America Teams selected by CoSIDA. She earned Academic All-District VIII honors a few weeks ago to put her on the national ballot, and also earned All-Pac-10 academic honors this year, as well as the Pacific-10 Conference Medal for her athletic and scholastic accomplishments.
Kate Jaspers of Prescott, Ariz., a senior infielder for Mississippi State, was named Academic All-America of the Year. She has a 4.00 GPA in psychology.