June 2, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State junior outfielder Natasha Jacob earned the most prestigious award of her collegiate career Thursday when she was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team, as selected by CoSIDA.
Jacob was the only Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) student-athlete selected to the first or second team.
“I am thrilled and excited,” said Jacob, a native of Coppell, Texas, who owns a sparkling 3.93 GPA. “Academics are my first priority and I share this honor with the Florida State University support staff and university teachers who provide encouragement towards my academic progress on a daily basis.”
Thirty-two of the nation’s top softball student-athletes were named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, a group that is chosen based on both outstanding athletic and academic accomplishments. The achievement sealed a spectacular season for the left fielder, where she led the Seminoles in nearly every statistical category. In fact, Jacob’s .359 batting average was 100 points more than the next FSU player in line.
“Academics are my first priority and I share this honor with the Florida State University support staff and university teachers who provide encouragement towards my academic progress on a daily basis.”
Her batting average was the third best in the league and she finished fourth in both total hits (71) and triples (5) in the ACC. For her accomplishments this season, she was named All-ACC first team, the Florida State Golden Torch winner for softball, FSU MVP, and the MVP Offensive Player at the FSU Invitational.
The FSU lead-off slap hitter guided the Seminoles to a 35-28 record in 2005 including a trip to the NCAA Auburn Regional final. She has twice been named a member of the CoSIDA District III Academic All-Region first team (2004, 2005).
The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA (the College Sports Information Directors of America), a 2,000 member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
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ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Selected By COSIDA
University Division Women’s Softball Team
Megan Meyer, Seton Hall
Brooke Mitcher, Louisiana-Lafayette
Christine Fukurnoto, Creighton
Charity Butler, Southern Mississippi
Stephanie Hill, LSU
Jessica Rogers, Texas San Antonio
Kim Wilmoth, Baylor
Ashley Kalina, South Dakota State
Nicole Martin, Northwestern State
Caitlin Whiate, Seton Hall
Cameron Astiazaran, Illinois-Chicago
Natasha Jacob, Florida State
Kelly Flinn, Troy
Jamie Southern, Fresno State
Erin Myers, Cal Poly
Cara Deideo, St. Joe’s
Katie Lewis, Georgia
Lauren Redfern, Jacksonville
Lindsay Schulzler, Tennessee
Lauren Wible, Bucknell
Anna Oligaard, Detroit Mercy
Tiffany Stewart, South Florida
Laurie Stone, St. Bonaventure