Sacred Heart seniors Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) and Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) as well as junior Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) were all named to the 2011 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District first team. The trio is batting a combined .370 overall and has made the Pioneer offense one of the most feared groups in both the Northeast Conference and the region. Sacred Heart's three representatives on the first team are more than any other squad in the district. Froelich, Lee, and Tsipouras will all advance to the Capital One Academic All‐America ballot where first‐, second‐, and third‐team All‐Americans will be selected later this month.
Froelich's selection to the Academic All-District first team continues a special stretch for the Sacred Heart leadoff hitter and center fielder. Last week, in her final regular season home game at Pioneer Park, she became the second player in program history to reach the 200 career hit plateau. Froelich will graduate this month with a degree in business administration and has a 3.75 cumulative GPA. She leads the NEC in runs scored this season with 39 to go along with her superb power numbers, hitting six homers and notching 22 RBI. Froelich is hitting .352 this season and is tops on the SHU roster with 57 total hits.
Lee has exploded in her senior season, compiling a .359 batting average and racking up 37 RBI in the three-hole of the SHU order. She has been more than solid defensively, starting all 46 games at first base for the Pioneers making only four errors, good for a .988 fielding percentage. Lee will also graduate with a degree in business administration and currently boasts a 3.50 cumulative GPA. She had the most explosive performance of any NEC player this season when she drove in seven runs against Colorado State. Lee's seven homers are tied for the team lead and her .569 slugging percentage and six stolen bases both rank second.
Tsipouras anchors Pioneer lineup with a .403 batting average and a league leading 39 RBI in the cleanup spot. She is closing in on the SHU single season RBI record of 44, set by Vicki Kennedy in 1990. The right-handed junior has started every game in 2011, smashing seven homeruns and stealing five bases. Tsipouras has drawn a team high 23 walks at the plate in and has also earned a pair of victories in the pitching circle in 2011. Tsipouras is a history major who currently holds a 3.37 cumulative grade point average. She has done significant damage against NEC opposition, contributing a .400 batting average along with four long balls and 16 RBIs in league play.
The trio will lead the Pioneers charge into the 2011 NEC tournament as SHU looks to win its second NEC crown in three years. The site for the tournament is still to be determined but a single Robert Morris loss would send the event to Fairfield, CT for the first time in history.