AUSTIN, Texas - Alabama graduate catcher Bailey Hemphill repeated as the Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year, highlighting the 2021 Academic All-America® Division I Softball Teams selected by CoSIDA.
Hemphill, who was the 2019 Team Member of the Year, is the first repeat selection since fellow Alabama softball alumnus Haylie McCleney went back-to-back as Team Member of the Year in 2015 and 2016. A native of Lafayette, La., Hemphill graduated with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education in 2020, maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA, before earning her master's degree in hospitality management this spring, finishing once again with a 4.00 GPA. She is a three-time, Academic All-America® First Team honoree (2021, 2020, 2019), and was named to the second team in 2018.
The 2021 SEC Player of the Year, Hemphill helped the Crimson Tide to their 13th NCAA Women's College World Series appearance after hitting a blistering .419 with 62 hits, eight doubles, one triple, 14 homers, 57 RBI, a .770 slugging percentage and 57 walks in 61 games. She was named a First Team NFCA All-American, garnered NFCA First Team All-South Region accolades and was voted to the 2021 Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team. Hemphill wrapped up her career at Alabama as the SEC career walks leader (237) and the program record holder for career home runs (64).
In addition to Hemphill, the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Softball Teams have 10 repeat selections from the 2018, 2019 and 2020 teams, including Kaylee Tow of Alabama, Kendyl Lindaman of Florida and Mackenzie Boesel of South Carolina.
|Montana Fouts||Alabama||P||3.51||Jr.||Psychology / Sport Management|
|Bailey Hemphill (1) (#) ($)||Alabama||C||4.00 / 4.00||Gr.||Early Childhood Education / Hospitality Mgmt.|
|Kaylee Tow (1) (%)||Alabama||IF||4.00 / 4.00||Gr.||Marketing / MBA|
|Kendyl Lindaman (1) (@)||Florida||DP||4.00 / 4.00||Gr.||Sport Management|
|Renee Abernathy||Kentucky||OF||4.00||Jr.||Human Health Sciences|
|Mackenzie Boesel (1) (#) (@)||South Carolina||IF||4.00 / 4.00||Gr.||Sport & Entertainment Management|
|Kayla Kowalik||Kentucky||C||3.40||Jr.||Management & Accounting|
|Alexis Mack||Alabama||OF||3.38 / 4.00||Gr.||Advertising & Public Relations|
|Charla Echols||Florida||IF||3.59||Jr.||Education Sciences|
CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year: Bailey Hemphill, University of Alabama
(1) -- CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I first team selection in 2020
(#) - CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I first team selection in 2019
(%) - CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I third team selection in 2019
($) - CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I second team selection in 2018
(@) - CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I third team selection in 2018