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Dana Shepherd Earns Academic All-District First Team Honors for Third Straight Year
Dana Shepherd earned Academic All-District Honors for the third year in a row.
BALTIMOREóUMBC senior infielder Dana Shepherd (
Shepherd batted .297 this season with 49 hits and a team-best 41 runs scored. She also hit nine home runs, four doubles and four triples, posted 29 RBI and stole 11 bases in 12 attempts. Shepherd led the America East in runs and also ranked among the league leaders in slugging percentage (.533), triples, homers and total bases (88). She was even better in America East play, batting .406 and blasting seven of her nine home runs, including one against every conference opponent except
The team co-captain has made her mark in UMBCís record book, setting the school record for career extra-base hits at 80 and ranking among the Retrieversí all-time top 10 in runs (2nd, 171), total bases (2nd, 383), doubles (T-3rd, 44), hits (4th, 239), home runs (4th, 28), RBI (4th, 132), stolen bases (5th, 51) and triples (T-5th, 8). In addition, she is one of just four Retrievers ever to play in and start 200 or more games and receive 700 or more at-bats.
Last week, Shepherd was named one of two Outstanding Senior Female Athletes at UMBCís varsity awards banquet, and she also earned America East All-Championship honors at the conference tournament over the weekend. In March, she was selected as one of 30 candidates nationally for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Softball Award, which recognizes well-rounded student-athletes.
Shepherd excels in the classroom, as well. The financial economics major has posted a 3.66 cumulative grade-point average and has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in her major. She was named to the America East Commissionerís Honor Roll in each of the last two seasons, and she has earned Deanís List recognition in four of her seven completed semesters.
The Academic All-District II team in the university division consists of one catcher, four infielders, four outfielders, two pitchers and one designated player from Division-I schools in
The Retrievers finished the season 25-29 overall and 12-9 in conference action. Seeded fourth in the America East Championships, UMBC defeated No. 2 Boston University but was eliminated by three-time defending champion