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Emily Thompson Tabbed to America East Softball All-Academic Team
Emily Thompson excelled both on the field and in the classroom.
Thompson had a career year in 2010, as she batted a team-best .333 and slugged .558 with 52 hits, seven doubles, eight home runs and 20 RBI en route to Fist-Team All-Conference honors. She was even better against America East opponents, leading the league with 25 hits, including 11 for extra bases, and ranking in the top five in average (.397), slugging percentage (.762) and total bases (48). She was also outstanding in the field, as she committed just one error in 57 chances and had five outfield assists. Thompsonís 17 career home runs rank 10th all-time at UMBC.
Thompson excelled in the classroom, as well, as she graduated cum laude last week with a 3.68 grade-point average as an interdisciplinary studies major with a focus in sports marketing, and she was selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Second Team last month. Thompson earned Presidentís List honors for a perfect 4.0 semester GPA four times and was recognized on the America East Commissionerís Honor Roll twice.
Thompson is one of four unanimous selections to the 11-member all-academic team, joining
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., 10 in the lineup for softball) but can be more if there is a tie in voting. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their teamís games. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration. The all-academic teams are then voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisers and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.