Arkansas Tech places four student-athletes on GSC All-Academic Teams

From Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University placed four student-athletes on the 2011 Gulf South Conference Spring All-Academic Teams that was released by the conference on Wednesday afternoon, including senior Golden Sun second baseman Shanda Jimeson becoming the school's first-ever three-time member of the GSC All-Academic Softball Team. In addition, 27 Tech student-athletes were named to the GSC's Spring Academic Honor Roll.

This year's GSC Spring All-Academic team consists of 81 student-athletes from the conference's 14-member institutions and is split into six teams consisting of the league's spring sports – men's and women's golf, baseball, softball and men's and women's tennis. Meanwhile, 482 student-athletes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 qualified for the Spring Academic Honor Roll.

The Academic All-GSC teams are selected by the GSC Sports Information Directors and Faculty Athletic Representatives in a joint vote. The nominees must have an overall grade point average of 3.20 or better for their entire academic career and may not be freshmen or first-semester or quarter transfers. The student-athlete needed to be a significant contributor to the team. Other factors included leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities. The SIDs and FARs were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Tech student-athletes named to the All-Academic teams in their respective sports in addition to Jimeson were sophomore Madison Beaird (Baseball), sophomore Nina Greenway (Women's Tennis) and senior Ana Morales (Women's Golf). Jimeson and Morales were both All-Academic Team selections last season, while Beaird was named a Second-Team All-GSC West Division selection this past spring.

"I am extremely proud of our student-athletes that were recognized by the league for their academic success this past spring," Tech Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Steve Mullins said. "It just shows the dedication and commitment that our student-athletes have made to be not only the best in their sport, but also the best in the classroom."

Jimeson, a native of Mansfield, Texas, carries a 3.67 cumulative grade point average in hospitality administration. Jimeson, who was named Tech's Outstanding Female Senior Student-Athlete at this year's annual Senior Recognition Banquet in late April, is one of three Golden Suns in the program's history to be named a four-time member of the GSC Softball Academic Honor Roll. This past season, Jimeson was named a First-Team All-GSC West Division honoree and a Second-Team Daktronics All-South Region selection after leading the Golden Suns in batting average (.343), at-bats (175), hits (60), doubles (14) and she holds the school and GSC career record for sacrifice hits with 54. In her four-year career at Tech, Jimeson helped the Golden Suns to three GSC West Division titles, two GSC Tournament runner-up finishes and three GSC Tournament appearances and was one of only five three-time All-GSC West Division honorees in the program's history. In her career, she stands second on the school's all-time list for at-bats (661), RBIs (77) and games played (220), fourth in career hits (187), sixth in carer runs scored (76), third in career doubles (30) and fifth in career triples (6).

Beaird, a native of Russellville, Ark., carries a 3.80 cumulative grade point average in mechanical engineering. Beaird, who was named a First-Team Capital One Academic All-District VI College Division selection and is two-time member of the GSC Baseball Academic Honor Roll, earns All-Academic Team honors after finishing second on the team in hits with 70 and hitting .341 and slugging .493. In addition to his 70 hits, Beaird, who was named to the Natural State Baseball All-Arkansas Team, was tied for second on the team in runs scored with 50, recorded 14 doubles and had a team-high tying four triples in 51 games. He also hit three home runs and drove home 41 runs and was 14-for-15 in stolen bases. On the season, he finished second on the team in multi-hit games with 23 and had 12 multiple RBI contests and helped lead Tech to back-to-back winning seasons and a third-place finish at the 2011 GSC Tournament.

Greenway, a native of Monticello, Ark., carries a 3.87 cumulative grade point average in nursing. Greenway, who is a two-time member of the GSC Tennis Academic Honor Roll, earns All-Academic Team honors after posting a 7-2 record in singles play, including going 4-1 at the No. 6 spot for the Golden Suns. In addition to her singles play, Greenway posted a combined 4-1 record in doubles, including going 2-0 at the No. 2 spot and finished this past season with a combined 11 wins (singles/doubles). She helped Tech to a fourth consecutive appearance in the GSC Tournament as the Golden Suns finished the season with a 10-7 overall record.

Morales, a native of Bogota, Colombia, carries a 3.64 cumulative grade point average in fisheries and wildlife science. Morales, who was a member of the GSC Women's Golf All-Academic Team last season and is one of just two Golden Sun golfers to ever be named a four-time GSC Academic Honor Roll selection, earns her repeat All-Academic Team honor after being a Second-Team All-GSC honoree this past season. On the season, Morales, who helped lead Tech to its first-ever GSC title in women's golf this spring, recorded an 81.9 scoring average in 18 rounds of golf and nine tournaments. Her 81.9 scoring average is second-best on the school's all-time charts. She had six Top 10 finishes, including finishing tied for second place at the 2011 GSC Championships after carding a 156, which is tied for the third lowest 36-hole score in school history. In her four year tenure at Tech, Morales was named an All-GSC selection three times, including being the GSC co-Player of the Year in 2010 and she finished her career with an 83.9 scoring average, which is second-best on the school's all-time charts.

Meanwhile, the Academic Honor Roll selections from Tech were as follows:

Baseball (7) – Beaird, junior first baseman Thomas Biocic, 3.13, health and physical education (Fort Smith, Ark.); senior catcher Danny Higginbotham, 3.01, management and marketing (Bedford, Texas), senior centerfielder Matt Johnson, 3.11, health & physical education/wellness fitness (Grand Saline, Texas); junior shortstop Chris Reese, 3.42, management/marketing (Gilbert, Ariz.); sophomore pitcher Mason Reynolds, 3.70, health and physical education (Pine Bluff, Ark.) and junior first baseman Michael Rezin, 3.22, emergency administration management (Kansas City, Kan.).

Men's Golf (3) – sophomore Kyle Barton, 3.57, biology (Greenwood, Ark.); sophomore Parker Hale, 3.34, chemistry (Benton, Ark.) and freshman Slade Hames, 3.76, undeclared (Rogers, Ark.).

Women's Golf (5) – junior Alyssia Duvall, 3.69, psychology (Greenwood, Ark.); senior Kyla McIsaac, 3.29, history and political science (Kentville, Nova Scotia); Morales, sophomore Niki Possage, 3.36, health and physical education (Dardanelle, Ark.) and sophomore Elizabeth Sweetnam, 3.00, sociology (London, England).

Softball (8) – senior pitcher Alex Doyle, 3.90, health and physical education (Carrollton, Texas); freshman pitcher/designated player Shelby Jo Fenter, 3.35, undeclared (West Memphis, Ark.); senior leftfielder Jessica Fields, 3.31, early childhood education (Springdale, Ark.); Jimeson, sophomore outfielder Amy Kilpatrick, 4.00, health and physical education/wellness fitness (Celina, Texas); freshman catcher Maurie Lewis, 3.16, undeclared (Sulphur Springs, Texas); sophomore second baseman Natalie Magie, 3.55, health and physical education (Perryville, Ark.); freshman and junior pitcher Morgan Rodgers, 3.49, life and earth science education (Mansfield, Texas).

Women's Tennis (4) – sophomore Maria Aleman, 3.70, engineering (San Cristobal, Venezuela); Greenway; junior Brittany Turner, 3.25, nursing (Pearcy, Ark.) and senior Michelle Yu, 3.03, graphic design (Flower Mound, Texas).