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UMBC SOFTBALL’S DANA SHEPHERD EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT FIRST TEAM HONORS
Dana Shepherd advances to the national competition for Academic All-America recognition.
Shepherd is the first UMBC softball player to garner academic all-district awards since Christy Sheppard in 2003.
A 2006 America East all-conference second-team selection, Shepherd has topped her outstanding numbers from her freshman campaign, when she was named to the league’s all-rookie team. The shortstop, who has started 63 games this year, ranks among the conference’s best in most offensive categories, including batting average (.343), runs scored (48), hits (71), RBI (46), home runs (7) and total bases (107), all career highs, and she is second on the team in hits and runs. In addition, she has stolen 16 bases on the season, second-best on the team, as well as nine doubles and three triples. Shepherd put together a team-best 20-game hitting streak this season, the third longest in UMBC history. She has posted a .517 slugging percentage and a .390 on-base average.
Just a sophomore, she has already made her way into the top 15 all-time at UMBC in hits (134), home runs (12), extra-base hits (37) and RBI (81). Last season she became just the third Retriever freshman ever to amass 60 or more hits in a season.
Shepherd excels in the classroom, as well. The financial economics major has posted a 3.79 cumulative grade-point average and has earned a 4.0 GPA in two of her three completed semesters at UMBC. She has earned semester academic honors and Dean’s List twice, and she was named to the America East Honor Roll last spring.
The Academic All-District II team in the university division consists of one catcher, four infielders, three outfielders and two pitchers from Division-I schools in
The Retrievers are 45-19 overall and 11-10 in the America East, earning their first-ever America East Championships berth since joining the conference in 2004. Third-seeded UMBC fell to second-seeded
2006 Academic All-District II University Division Softball Team
Catcher Jill Dorsch Robert Morris
Infield Elana Meyers George Washington
Infield Katie Pierce Steon Hall
Infield Dana Shepherd UMBC
Infield Lauren Wible Bucknell
Outfield Caitlin White Seton Hall
Outfield Kate Marvel Lehigh
Outfield Ali Linsk Lehigh
Pitcher Erin Snyder
Pitcher Olivia Mauro