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Athletes named to CoSIDA Academic Team

On Thursday, the  College Sports Information Directors of America announced its Academic All-District Teams for softball and baseball.

District 4 represents the southeast, as it covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Puerto Rico.

Of the 11 names on the District 4 softball team, seven played at an SEC school. Alabama led the way with three selections, as pitcher Krystal Goodman, first baseman Bailey Hemphill and designated player Kaylee Tow each were selected at their respective positions. Auburn first baseman Justus Perry was also named to the list.

Goodman finishes her senior year with a 3.91 GPA in News Media. Hemphill and Tow each finished the year with a 4.0 in their respective majors. Perry finished with a 3.57 as she dual majored in Law and Justice and Spanish.

Perry, a senior from Minnesota, announced that she would come back and play her fifth and final year of eligibility. In a little less than three years as a Tiger, Perry is hitting .257 with 11 home runs and 77 RBIs.

Hemphill knocked in 10 runners and hit two home runs, while Goodman was 3-0 on the mound in six appearances and Tow finished with nine RBIs in the shortened season.

Of the 10 names on the baseball roster, four players were from the SEC.

Georgia led the way with two selections, while Alabama and Auburn each had one.

For the Bulldogs, junior pitcher Emerson Hancock and junior outfielder Ben Anderson were selected. Hancock finished his junior year with a 3.42 GPA, while Anderson finished with a 3.57 GPA.

Senior shortstop Kolby Robinson finished his final year at Alabama with a 3.97 GPA, while infielder Rankin Wooley finished his senior year at Auburn with a  3.94 GPA.

Anderson, a LaGrange, Georgia native, finished 2020 hitting .414 and driving in 13 runs. Hancock finished 2-0 while striking out 34 batters in 22 innings.

Wooley played in 84 games the last two seasons, starting 82. He led the 2019 Tigers in doubles (17) and finished second on the team in hits (71) and RBIs (45).

Robinson was the Crimson Tide’s everyday shortstop of the past two seasons. He hit .284 while knocking in 29 RBIs in 71 career games.