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Five Utah Softball Student-Athletes Named to Pac-12 All-Academic Teams

Taylor Jordan picked up Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honors for the second straight year.

Taylor Jordan picked up Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honors for the second straight year.

May 30, 2014

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Five student-athletes from the University of Utah were selected to the 2014 Pac-12 Conference Softball All-Academic teams, announced Friday by Commissioner Larry Scott.

Senior third baseman Taylor Jordan and sophomore pitcher Kayce Nieto earned first-team nods, while junior outfielder Kate Dickman and sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart took second-team honors. Junior right-fielder Marissa Mendenhall gained honorable mention recognition.

Jordan earned first-team honors for the second straight year and turned in a 3.50 cumulative GPA, while graduating with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She played in 31 games with 19 starts and laid down a sacrifice bunt and walk vs. Boise State (2/7), singled against Western Michigan (2/7) and hit with a run scored vs. Portland State (2/8). Jordan went 2-for-3 vs. Colorado State (2/9), hit an RBI single and run scored vs. Toledo (2/14) with an RBI single, run scored and drew two walks against Long Beach State (2/15). She drove in a run vs. Hawaii (2/16), hit a single and drove in a run vs. No. 3 Oregon (3/24) and had base hit at No. 1 UCLA (3/30). The Bountiful, Utah native came up with a single vs. Oregon State (4/5), singled and scored against Stanford (4/19) and then drew a walk and drove in a run against Utah Valley (4/21). She walked and scored at No. 9 Arizona (4/26), hit a two-run single against Utah State (5/6) and knocked a two-run base hit against Grand Canyon (5/9).

Nieto posted a 3.80 GPA in Behavioral Sciences and tied for seventh in Pac-12 with 35 appearances, ranked seventh in Pac-12 with 25 starts. She allowed one earned run in 6.0 innings vs. Boise State (2/7), gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings vs. Portland State (2/8) and yielded two earned runs with four strikeouts in 7.0 inning complete game against Ole Miss (3/3). The Farmington Hills, Mich., native threw two-hit complete game against Chattanooga (3/7), allowed only four hits in win over BYU (3/20) and struck out three in 7.0-inning, complete game at Weber State (4/8). She picked up win over Stanford (4/18) after throwing 6.0 innings, earned a win over Utah Valley (4/21) after going 4.0 innings and threw three shutout innings during first game of twin bill against Southern Utah (4/22). Nieto allowed only one earned run on four hits during 3.2 innings of work against California (5/2).

 

 

Dickman received Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team honors for the second consecutive year and carries a 3.32 GPA in Physical Therapy She has earned All-Pac-12 honors for three straight seasons after receiving an Honorable Mention nod in 2014. Dickman was second in the Pac-12 with 80 hits and 59 runs scored, tied for third with 16 doubles, and seventh with a .415 batting average. She recorded a team-high 24 multi-hit games and 13 games with two or more RBI. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI against Oregon State (4/4), had two hits, including an RBI double against Stanford on Apr. 18 and registered two hits and two RBI versus the Cardinal (4/19).

Stewart carried a 3.40 GPA in Physical Therapy to earn a second-team all-academic selection and tied for team lead with seven home runs this season. She went 2-for-3 with an RBI double vs. Northwestern (2/8), had an RBI single vs. Colorado State (2/9) and an RBI single vs. Toledo (2/14). She had two hits vs. UTEP (2/14), hit an RBI double vs. Long Beach State (2/15) and connected on a three-run homer vs. Hawaii (2/16). Stewart managed two hits vs. Utah State (3/3), RBI doubles vs. both Indiana State (3/8) and USF (3/9), before going for two hits and an RBI vs. No. 3 Oregon (3/23). She connected on an RBI single vs. Oregon State (4/4), had four hits for two RBI and double during doubleheader at Weber State (4/8) with a home run at No. 3 Arizona State (4/10) and two hits at No. 9 Arizona State (4/11). She jolted a three-run homer vs. ASU (4/12), a two-run homer vs. Cal (5/2) and drew two walks and singled with an RBI in second game of twin bill against Utah State (5/6). The Covina, Calif., native then hit two sacrifice flies against Grand Canyon (5/9).

Mendenhall picked up Honorable Mention accolades for the second straight season after tying for the team lead with seven home runs this season. She was 2-for-3 with an RBI double vs. Northwestern (2/8), hit RBI singles vs. Colorado State (2/9) and Toledo (2/14). She recorded two hits vs. UTEP (2/14), an RBI double vs. Long Beach State (2/15) and connected on a three-run homer vs. Hawaii (2/16). Mendenhall had two hits vs. Utah State (3/3) before hitting RBI doubles vs. both Indiana State (3/8) and USF (3/9). She came up with two hits and an RBI vs. Oregon (3/23) and an RBI single vs. Oregon State (4/4). The Stansbury Park, Utah native went for four hits for two RBI and double during doubleheader at Weber State (4/8) and a home run at No. 3 Arizona State (4/10). She recorded two hits at ASU (4/11), a three-run homer vs. ASU (4/12) as well as a two-run homer vs. Cal (5/2). Mendenhall drew two walks and singled with an RBI in second game of twin bill against Utah State (5/6) before hitting two sacrifice flies against Grand Canyon (5/9).

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

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