May 4, 2012

Taylor McGee Named Capital One / Academic All-District III

All-District III Team

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-- Campbell softball senior catcher Taylor McGee has been named to the Capital One  / Academic All-District III Softball University Division by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) the organization announced Friday, May 4th.

McGee has served as Campbell's starting catcher for each of her four years with the program while still maintaining a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.31 as a heath & physical education major. The Charlotte, N.C. is currently hitting .292 with 20 runs scored, 42 hits, nine doubles, nine home runs, 31 RBIs, 78 total bases and a slugging percentage of .542. McGee ranks among the conference leaders in numerous offensive categories. She is third in the league in slugging, tied for third in RBIs, fourth in in home runs, tied for fifth in total bases and tied for sixth in doubles,

She was just named the Big South Player of the Week earlier this week after hitting the 39th and 40th home runs of her career in last week's three-game set against Liberty. The home runs tie her for the all-time career record at Campbell. McGee enters the weekend ranking fourth in career total bases (303), fifth in RBIs (115) and walks (79) plus sixth in slugging percentage (.499).  

McGee has been durable during her career and has played in 220 of Campbell's 222 games over the last four seasons with 219 starts.

This marks the first time that McGee has been voted Academic All-District 3, which includes NCAA Division I schools from North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. McGee will now be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America Team

She has been chosen three-times in her career for the Atlantic Sun's All-Academic Team and also has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Associations All-America Scholar Athlete Team in each of her first three seasons.

McGee is just the ninth Fighting Camel softball player to receive CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. The last Campbell softball players to be chosen Academic All-District were Lizzie Goldbach and Sarah Forgacs, who were both second team choices in 2011.

CU athletes have gained Academic All-District 3 recognition in each of the last 18 years and 60 times in school history.

McGee is one of two Big South softball players to earn all-district honors this season along with Nichole Beall of Radford (IF - District 3). McGee was one of four players that were chosen from North Carolina based schools at the Division I level along with Allie Cashion (OF - Appalachian State), Kelli Wheeler (OF - North Carolina) and Jill Jelnick (DP - East Carolina).

CoSIDA's 1,800 members in the United States and Canada nominate players for the Capital One / Academic All-America® recognition.  To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve on his or her team.  CoSIDA members vote on the all-district teams, and then a national panel selects the Academic All-America squads. The national Capital One / Academic All-America® team will be announced later this month.

Academic All-America (3 individuals, 4 times)

Denelle Hicks (1995 - First Team, 1996 - First Team)
Annie Lewis (2001 – First Team)
Karlie Love (2009 - Second Team)

Academic All-District (9 individuals, 12 times)

Tina Echerer (1998 - First Team)
Sarah Forgacs (2011 – Second Team)
Lizzie Goldbach (2011 – Second Team)
Denelle Hicks (1995 - First Team, 1996 - First Team)
Annie Lewis (2001 - First Team)
Karlie Love (2008 - First Team, 2009 - Second Team)
Taylor McGee (2012 – First Team)
Melissa Mullins (1996 - Third Team, 1997 - First Team)
Jessica Waters (2002 - First Team)