Senior Jessica Twaddle of the Murray State softball team has been named as a 2017 First-Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the organization announced Thursday.

Her selection on Thursday represents the 22nd Academic All-America honor in Murray State history and she is now just the sixth Racer to be named to a first team. In addition, as she was a third-team honoree in 2015, Twaddle is now just the fourth Murray State student-athlete to become a two-time Academic All-American.

Twaddle, a senior from Franklin, Tennessee, graduated in December with a degree in economics and a 3.97 GPA. The 2017 OVC Player of the Year led Murray State with a .390 average at first base. She also turned in team highs of 13 doubles, 14 home runs, 25 walks and 46 RBIs. She ended her career as the program’s all-time leader in batting average at .374, hits at 234 and RBIs at 134. Twaddle was also recently named as First-Team All-Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, marking the second time in her career she has been honored by the organization.

by Parker Griffith

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