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TWU’s Vrazel earns conference honor

TWU junior shortstop Bailey Vrazel has been named the 2013 Lone Star Conference Fred Jacoby Female Academic Athlete of the Year.

The nominees of the award bearing the name of Jacoby, the longtime LSC commissioner who passed away in March 2008, include the Academic Player of the Year in each LSC sport as selected during the year.

Vrazel claimed the honor for the second straight year in front of Harding track and field standout Ewa Zaborowska, Incarnate Word basketball star Ify Mora and Abilene Christian tennis standout Micah Hermsdorf. She is the second player in conference history to receive the honor in back-to-back years. Emily Brister (basketball) of West Texas A&M was named in 2008 and 2009.

Vrazel, a junior from Danbury, is majoring in kinesiology and has a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average. She helped the Pioneers to a program-record 51 wins and their first trip to the NCAA Division II Softball National Championship this season. She also 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 led the Pioneers in batting average (.398), runs (65), hits (94) and stolen bases (53).