Hiram College

HIRAM, OHIO  —  Hiram College softball player and junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) has been named second-team Capital One Academic All-District IV as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  [2011 Academic All-District Teams]

The Academic All-District teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performance on the playing field and in the classroom.  The teams are divided into two divisions and eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.  The University Division includes NCAA Division I schools, while the College Division is made up of NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

Cooney has helped the Terriers to a 25-12 overall record so far this season including a second North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.

Individually, Cooney currently leads the team in batting average at .430 (58-of-135) and also leads the team in runs scored (40) and stolen bases (26).  Her 26 stolen bases and 40 runs scored are Hiram single-season records and she is also the program’s all-time leader in stolen bases with a career total of 48.  In addition, Cooney has hit two triples, five doubles and has driven in 15 runs.  Defensively, she has a .975 fielding percentage as the team’s starting left fielder with 34 putouts, five assists and has committed just one error in 37 games.

Off the field, Cooney has also excelled in the classroom as a communication major with a 3.70 grade point average.  This is her first overall selection to the Capital One Academic All-District Team with second-team accolades.

The Hiram softball team will travel to Adrian, Mich. to take part in the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament which begins Thursday, May 12.  The Terriers will take on Alma (Mich.) College in their first game of the Adrian Regional Bracket hosted by Adrian College.  The first pitch is scheduled for approximately 4 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.