TWU senior shortstop Bailey Vrazel was named the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and a member of the first-team Academic All-America team for Division II softball as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Junior first baseman Kendra Sancet joined Vrazel on the first team, while senior pitcher Brandie Lander was selected to the second team.
Vrazel is the first TWU athlete in school history to be named Academic All-American of the Year and first to be named a three-time Academic All-American, after receiving first-team honors last season and second-team honors as a sophomore in 2012.
Lander, Sancet and Vrazel are three of the five Lone Star Conference players on the All-America teams. West Texas A&M’s Alyssa Lemos was also named to the first team while Angelo State’s Morgan Sprearman was selected to the third team.
Vrazel, a kinesiology major with a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average, finished her career at TWU as a four-time first-team All-Lone Star Conference honoree. She started all 228 games in four years, including 53 games during the 2014 season while leading the LSC for the fourth straight season with 44 stolen bases. Vrazel finished second all-time on the NCAA career steals list with 246, just four shy of the leader.
Sancet, a mathematics major with a 3.95 cumulative GPA, received the Academic All-America honor for the first time in her career. She started all 53 games at first base for TWU this season and led the LSC with 21 home runs.
Lander, a mathematics major with a 3.89 cumulative GPA, also received the Academic All-America honor for the first time in her career. She has appeared in 45 games in the circle for the Pioneers with 32 starts.