Catawba’s Tysinger Headlines CoSIDA DII Softball Academic All-American Team.

Courtesy CoSIDA.com

AUSTIN, TEXAS –  Senior pitcher Carley Tysinger of Catawba College headlines the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Softball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Tysinger has been selected as the recipient of the Academic All-America® of the Year award for Division II softball.

The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.

A chemistry major, Tysinger has a 3.72 G.P.A., she is now a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection after5689 earning third team honors a year ago.

A native of Lexington, North Carolina, she led Catawba to a 39-16 record and a berth in the NCAA Southeast Regional as the fourth seed. The Catawba Indians won their second straight South Atlantic Conference championship as Tysinger was named the Tournament MVP for the second consecutive season, winning four games and striking out 37 in 35 innings.

Tysinger set a Catawba season record for wins, ending with a 32-11 record with a 1.04 ERA, with 40 complete games and 10 shutouts. That included a no-hitter against Brevard College. She set school and SAC records with 413 strikeouts. In 297 innings, she allowed just 197 hits and 65 walks while holding opponents to a .181 average. She is fifth in NCAA Division II in wins, seventh in strikeouts per seven innings (9.73), and eighth in shutouts.  Her 1.04 ERA ranks 11th in the nation, while her 4.63 hits per seven innings is 18th.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America® honor is the latest in a long line for the standout pitcher. She was named an NFCA second team All-American and D2CCA second team All-American recently, She was named to an All-America team in each of her four seasons. As a junior, she was an honorable mention CCA selection, after earning third team NFCA All-American accolades as a sophomore and third team Daktronics All-American honors as a freshman. Tysinger was also voted the SAC Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and 2016.

Tysinger finished her career with a 102-41 record with 1,355 strikeouts. She holds Catawba career records for wins and strikeouts while ranking eighth in NCAA Division II in strikeouts.

Eighteen of the 33 members of the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® NCAA Division II softball teams have at least a 3.90 G.P.A., including eight student-athletes who maintain a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. The 11 members of the first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.85, as does the average for all three teams.

Tysinger is joined by three other repeat performers on the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II softball teams. Elayna Siebert of Carson-Newman University earned first team honors for the second straight year. East Central University’s Autumn Suydam moved up from the 2015 second team to a spot on the first team, while Peyton Roth of Armstrong State University was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® third team for the second straight year.

Siebert, a senior infielder from Knoxville, Tennessee, is an accounting major with a 3.97 G.P.A. She was recently voted the South Atlantic Conference Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She helped the Eagles to a 30-21 record while hitting a team-leading .383 with four home runs and 36 RBI.

A three-time All-SAC selection and all-region selection, Siebert was named a first-team All-American as a utility player during her junior year. As a senior, Siebert made the All-SAC first team for the third time in her career, but the first as a second baseman.  She was a first team utility player as a freshman and junior. She also was accorded second team NFCA All-Region honors in 2016, after earning first team honors a year ago.

Siebert finished her career with 115 RBI, 22 home runs, 31 doubles and a .365 average at the plate.  She is tied for eighth all-time in SAC history with 14 triples.

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