For the second straight year, TWU softball player Bailey Vrazel has been named the President’s Award winner by the TWU Athletic Council.
Vrazel, a junior from Danbury, became the seventh softball player to earn the honor and only the second student-athlete to receive the award in her sophomore and junior years. TWU gymnast Lisa Harlan earned the honor during sophomore (1982-83), junior (1983-84) and senior (1984-85) years.
The President’s Award is the highest honor given to a current TWU student-athlete. The award recognizes excellence in sport, in the classroom and in the promotion of TWU athletics.
In her first three years at TWU, Vrazel has been a terror on the basepaths for opponents, stealing a TWU and Lone Star Conference record 202 career bases. She also holds the TWU and LSC single-season record with 75 stolen bases set during the 2012 season.
During the 2013 season, Vrazel led the Pioneers in batting average (.398), runs (65), hits (94) and stolen bases (53) during the team’s season in which it won the school’s first LSC regular-season championship, first LSC tournament championship, first South Central Super Regional championship while earning the first trip to an NCAA championship tournament by any TWU team.
The shortstop also has earned Daktronics All-America and first-team All-LSC honors for the third straight season, in addition to Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American recognition for the second time. The LSC Academic Player of the Year and The NCAA Elite 89 award recipient was also named the Lone Star Conference Fred Jacoby Female Academic Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Vrazel is majoring in kinesiology and has a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. She was named the Chancellor’s Student Research Scholar for 2013 by the Research Committee of the Graduate Council. Vrazel is the member of the TWU Honors Scholars Program and Athenian Honor Society and has participated in numerous community service projects in her three years at TWU.