Academic All-America Honors for WLU’s Paterson

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – Recent West Liberty University graduate Annie Paterson can add yet another line to her already-impressive resume as she leaves the hilltop: NCAA Division II Academic All-American®. The Salem, Ohio standout was a third-team selection at the utility/pitcher spot when the 2021-22 NCAA Division II Academic All-America Softball Team was announced on Tuesday.

   Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the 2021-22 Academic All-America® Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their impressive accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.

   Splitting time between pitcher, first base and designated player, Paterson led Coach Herb Minch’s Hilltoppers in nearly every offensive category while putting up big numbers in the pitching circle as WLU rolled to its third straight 30-win season and Mountain East Conference North Division title.

   The sweet-swinging southpaw hit a team-high .398 with 64 hits in 161 at-bats, launching 9 home runs and adding 17 doubles. She drove in a team-high 43 runs and scored 36 more while racking up a .671 slugging percentage to go along with a 1.106 OPS. Paterson posted a 7-8 pitching record along with a pair of saves, ranking among the MEC's Top 5 in Strikeouts (154) and ERA (2.53) and Top 10 in Opposing Batting Average (.227) and Innings Pitched (130.0).

   Her classroom accomplishments were just as impressive. She graduated in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology after maintaining a 3.70 GPA throughout her collegiate career.

    The Hilltopper softball star is West Liberty's second NCAA Division II Academic All-American® of the 2021-22 academic year, joining 2021-22 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Academic All-American® of the Year Audrey Tingle on the illustrious honor roll.

   The West Liberty athletic department has produced at least one NCAA Division II Academic All-American® in each of the last 10 years and leads all MEC schools with a total of 23 Academic All-America® Awards since making the transition to NCAA Division II membership during the mid-1990s.




NCAA Division II


Pos        Player                                   School                               GPA                  Yr         Academic Major

P            Liz Pautz                             Winona State                  4.00                 Sr.       Biology

P            Amanda Weyh                  Lindenwood                    4.00                 Jr.       Elementary Education

C           Gracey Brink                      Augustana                        3.95                 Jr.       Exercise Science

IF           Danielle Dennis                 Illinois-Springfield          4.00                 Sr.       Exercise Science

IF           Hannah Marsteller            Shippensburg                  3.56                 Sr.       Biology (Pre-Veterinary)

IF           Tymber Riley                     Arkansas Tech                 3.84                 Gr.      Rehabilitation Science (G)

IF           Calli Wibbenmeyer           Rockhurst                         3.94                 Gr.      Elementary Education (UG)/Education (G)

OF         Anna Alloway                    Tusculum                          3.98/4.00       Gr.      Elementary Education (UG)/Education (G)

OF         Keelah Griffth                    Pittsburg State                4.00                 Sr.       Recreation Services, Sport & Hospitality Mgmt.

OF         Brylynn Vallejos                San Francisco State         3.79                 Sr.       Kinesiology

P/UT     Ellie Smith                          Colorado Mesa               3.42                 Sr.       Nursing


Pos        Player                                   School                               GPA                  Yr         Academic Major

P            Harlie Duncan                    Anderson                         4.00/4.00       Gr.      Biochemistry (UG)

P            Hannah Hudson                W.Va. Wesleyan             3.94/4.00       Gr.      Exercise Science (UG)/Athletic Training (G)

C           Ally Distler                          Colorado Mesa               4.00                 So.      Psychology

IF           Lydia Goble                        Grand Valley State         3.50                 Sr.       Sport Management

IF           Ashlyn Lerma                     Angelo State                    3.94                 Sr.       Finance

IF           Haley McFarlane               St. Cloud State                3.60/4.00       Gr.      Kinesiology (UG)/Sport Management (G)

IF           Ashtyn Patterson              Francis Marion                4.00                 Sr.       Art Education & Psychology

IF           Paxton Scheurer               Angelo State                    3.77/4.00       Gr.      Industrial Organization Psychology

OF         Clara Heislen                      Concordia-St. Paul          3.98                 Sr.       5-12 Health & K-12 Physical Ed

OF         Paige Kortz                         Ferris State                      3.96                 Sr.               Accountancy/Finance

OF         Ruby Salzman                    West Texas A&M            3.55                 Sr.       Healthcare Management

P/UT     Caitlyn Wells                      Arkansas Tech                 3.78                 So.      Health & Physical Education


Pos        Player                                   School                               GPA                  Yr         Academic Major

P            Hannah Beatus                  Grand Valley State         3.48                 Gr.      Marketing

P            Ashley Mickschl                  Augustana                        3.73/4.00       Gr.      Education & Spanish (UG)/Education (G)

C           Madison Fry                       Mercyhurst                      4.00                 Jr.       Special Education & Early Childhood Education

IF           Kaileen Cain                       Bentley                             3.93/3.88       Gr.      MBA (G)

IF           Nicole Purtell                     Shepherd                         3.88                 Sr.       Business Administration & Sociology

IF           Madison Schaefer            Texas A&M-Commerce 3.90                 Jr.       Finance

IF           Delaney Young                  Augustana                        3.66                 Sr.       Sign Language Interpreting

OF         Savannah Moorefield      Lenoir-Rhyne                   3.90/3.92       Gr.      Exercise Science (UG)/Public Health (G)

OF         Jenna Osikowicz                Seton Hill                          3.55/3.90       Gr.      Marketing & Human Resources (UG)/MBA (G)

OF         Savannah Wysocki            Lubbock Christian           3.94                 Sr.       Pre-Medicine

P/UT    ANNIE PATERSON            WEST LIBERTY                 3.70                  SR.      EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

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