Southern Illinois University Carbondale first baseman Shaye Harre, a Nashville High graduate, earned second-team Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America, the organization announced Thursday.
Harre was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference and All-Region player in 2016 and also holds a 3.88 cumulative GPA in animal sciences.
Harre’s honor is the 25th Academic All-America honor earned by Saluki Softball student-athletes all-time. SIU now has back-to-back Academic All-Americans; Harre follows Kalyn Harker, who was a first-team Academic All-American last year. Saluki Softball’s 25 Academic All-America honors rank second in NCAA softball history, trailing only Nebraska.
Harre, a junior in 2016, was one of the most dominant hitters in Division I softball. She earned first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference and All-Mideast Region after hitting .368, slugging .728 and reaching base at an MVC-best .517 clip. She hit 13 doubles (tied for sixth in SIU single-season history) and 12 home runs (tied for fourth in SIU single-season history), and she became the first MVC player in 13 seasons to draw at least 1.0 walk per MVC game.
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To be eligible, players must have been in their second year at an institution with at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and have earned first-team Academic All-District honors.