DURHAM, N.C. – A standout inaugural season on and off the field continued on Monday, as Duke softball earned three selections to the All-ACC Academic Softball Team announced by the league office.
All-ACC First Team honoree Raine Wilson and ACC All-Freshman Team selections Rachel Abboud and Peyton St. George represented the Blue Devils on the 2018 squad. Duke’s three selections tie for third in the conference. Louisville leads the way with six selections, while Florida State turned in four. Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Pitt join Duke with three honorees.
A native of Mechanicsville, Va., Wilson finished the season standing top 10 in the ACC with 15 doubles (2nd), 62 hits (T-3rd), a .371 clip (5th), .453 on-base percentage (5th), .593 slugging percentage (7th) and 35 runs batted in (8th). She’s also topped the team with 19 multi-hit contests and nine multi-RBI performances, including being one of two Blue Devils to drive in four runs in a single game.
Wilson was also a stud in ACC play, finishing second in the league with 31 hits, third with a .419 average at the plate, fourth with 20 runs driven in and tied for fourth with a .676 slugging clip. Wilson’s play was crucial in Duke closing out conference play with three-straight series wins for the first time in school history, as the third baseman turned in a .409 clip with 18 hits, 13 RBI, four doubles, two home runs and a triple throughout the stretch.
St. George was a key fixture in Duke’s stellar season in the circle, as the Blue Devils finished the year with the league’s second best ERA at 2.05. The Mechanicsville, Va., native capped year one at 8-4 with a team-high 1.79 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 93.2 innings of work. Most impressive was her play in conference action, posting a perfect 6-0 record with a 1.40 ERA and 51 strikeouts.
The righty’s 1.79 overall ERA and .227 opponent batting average both finished top 10 in the conference, while capping the year first in earned runs allowed (24) and runs allowed (37) and third in hits given up (80). St. George was one of three pitchers to post a sub-2.00 ERA in ACC play, while also standing top 10 with a .193 opponent clip. Both totals were tops amongst the league’s freshman hurlers.
Rounding out Duke’s All-ACC Academic Team honorees is Abboud, one of the conference’s best freshmen on the offensive side of the ball. Her 53 hits and .310 batting average both capped the season second on the team, with her hits total finished in the top 15 amongst ACC batters. She’s also tallied 17 multi-hit games, including being the only player in program history to record a four-hit performance (March 17 vs. Boston College).
Abboud owns a .329 average in ACC play, which rounded out at second in the league amongst freshmen. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native also tallied 23 hits in conference action, four of those being doubles and one a home run, which tied for the most for ACC freshmen.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their careers, as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
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2018 ACC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kylee Hanson, Gr., Florida State (Public Health)
2018 All-ACC Academic Softball Team
Allyson Frei, Sr., Boston College (Economics and Communication)
Cierra Cook, Fr., Boston College (Psychology and Sociology)
Rachel Abboud, Fr., Duke (Undeclared)
Peyton St. George, Fr., Duke (Undeclared)
Raine Wilson, So., Duke (Political Science)
Carsyn Gordon, Jr., Florida State (Sports Management)
Kylee Hanson, Gr., Florida State (Public Health)
Meghan King***, Jr., Florida State (Family Child Science)
Cassidy Davis, So., Florida State (Biological Science)
Emily Anderson***, Sr., Georgia Tech (Biology)
Draven Sonnon, Sr., Georgia Tech (Business Administration)
Cameron Stanford, Fr., Georgia Tech (Mechanical Engineering)
Caitlin Ferguson**, So., Louisville (Exercise Science)
Celene Funke, So., Louisville (Finance)
Megan Hensley**, Jr., Louisville (Exercise Science)
Jenna Jordan**, Sr., Louisville (Exercise Science)
Sidney Melton***, Jr., Louisville (Exercise Science)
Madelynn Newman, Fr., Louisville (Psychology)
Brittany Pickett**, So., North Carolina (Exercise and Sport Science)
Kiani Ramsey, Jr., North Carolina (Exercise and Sport Science)
Caitlyn Brooks, Jr., Notre Dame (Film, Television and Theatre)
Alexis Holloway, Fr., Notre Dame (Mechanical Engineering)
Abigail Sweet, Fr., Notre Dame (Undeclared)
Olivia Gray***, Jr., Pitt (Rehab Sciences)
Erin Hershman**, Sr., Pitt (Communication Studies)
Giorgiana Zeremenko, Sr., Pitt (Exercise Science)
Bryce Holmgren, Jr., Syracuse (Biology)
Alexa Romero, So., Syracuse (Selected Studies in Education)
Allison Davis***, Sr., Virginia (Commerce)
Carrie Eberle**, So., Virginia Tech (Biology)
* - denotes number of All-ACC Academic honors