SALISBURY, Md. – As the Salisbury University softball team prepares for play in NCAA Division III Softball Championship, the team found out that sophomore Paige Knussman was named a Capital One Academic All-American, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Knussman was named to the third team and becomes the seventh softball Academic All-American in school history.
Knussman has been one of the best hitters in the nation throughout the season, currently ranking fourth in the nation with a .529 batting average. She makes the most of her swings, with 10 doubles, 10 home runs and a triple for the 18th-best slugging percentage in the country at .838. The Easton, Md., native has also drawn 10 walks this season for a .565 on-base percentage, which is 13th in the nation.
To be eligible for the Academic All-American team, a student-athlete must have been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. Knussman was named to the District 2 team with a 3.44 grade-point average in exercise science.
Knussman and the Sea Gulls will begin play in their eighth NCAA Softball Championship on Thursday, May 22, against the University of St. Thomas (Minn.), beginning at 2:30 p.m., eastern time.