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Curran Named Academic All-America

Curran Named Academic All-America

BOSTON, Mass. – Wentworth Institute of Technology junior shortstop Sam Curran (Quincy, Mass.) today was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America ® Division III Softball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The Capital One Division III Academic All-America ® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2013-14 Division III Academic All-America ® teams program.

With her selection to the second team, Curran becomes the first Leopard softball player to earn this prestigious honor and becomes Wentworth's sixth student-athlete to be named Academic All-America. In total, since 1995, these six have combined to earn nine Academic All-America honors.

Curran, who was also named Academic All-District in volleyball this past year, enjoyed the finest season of her career as she batted .417 (35-for-84) with 11 doubles, three triples, and a pair of home runs to go along with six stolen bases, 30 runs scored, and 13 RBI. She had an on-base percentage of .519 and a slugging percentage of .690 and also made her first 14 collegiate appearances in the circle, en route to being named Second Team All-Commonwealth Coast Conference.

A mainstay at shortstop for three seasons and a two-sport student-athlete, Curran has started all 102 games in which she has appeared, batting .337 (90-for-267) with 24 doubles, six triples, four home runs, 21 stolen bases (on 21 attempts), 72 runs scored, and 36 RBI. She has a career on-base percentage of .431 and a slugging percentage of .517. Curran ranks third on the program's all-time list in doubles and fourth in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, and triples.

Curran, a Biomedical Engineering major, was named Academic All-CCC in both women's volleyball and softball in each of the last two years and last month was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the student-athlete honor society.

To be eligible for Academic All-America ® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.