Wednesday, June 1, 2016


AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s McKenzie Rice has been selected to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division II Softball Team, announced Wednesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

With this honor, Rice becomes the second academic All-America honoree in UAM Softball history. The first selection was Sarah Hayslip in 2011.

Rice recently completed her third season with the Blossoms. She’s an All-Great American Conference First Team honoree, a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region Second Team pick and a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. It is her second straight season to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.

The Bryant, Arkansas native was a finalist for UAM’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award for the second straight season this past April. She is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, an NFCA Scholar Athlete and a recipient of the Division 2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement award.

The junior third baseman currently has a 3.9 cumulative GPA working toward becoming a doctor, majoring in pre-medicine at UAM.

On the field this season, Rice led the Blossoms with a .339 batting average. She had 61 hits, seven doubles, 13 home runs, 32 runs batted in, a slugging percentage of .594 and a team-high .431 on base percentage. She posted 16 games this year with at least two hits and nine games with at least two RBI.

Rice, a second team CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree, is one of five representatives of the Great American Conference, joining Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Jessica Simmons (first team), East Central’s Autumn Suydam (first team), Southern Nazarene’s Sam Smith (second team) and Southern Arkansas’ Maddie Dow (second team).

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