McClain Earns CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

May 7, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - A day after learning she was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team, sophomore Abby McClain (Waterloo, Iowa) was informed that she earned a spot on the Academic All-District III Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA). The designated player, who holds a 3.75 cumulative GPA, is pursuing a degree in biology.

McClain's honor marks the sixth time in program history that a Knight has earned Academic All-District III honors. Stephanie Best was a first-team pick in 2003 and 2004 and was selected to the second team in 2005, while Kacie Feaster was a first team selection in 2007 and Cat Snapp earned the honor last season.

The sophomore has twice been the recipient of the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal for maintaining a 3.75 GPA or better, while also being a two-time C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll member. McClain has also earned a spot on the Dean's List and the A.D.'s Honor Roll all three semesters at UCF.

A 2009 All-C-USA second team selection, McClain has posted eight multiple-RBI games and 15 multiple-hits games, including a program-record eight three-hit games, this season and paces the Black and Gold in four offensive categories.

UCF will face Marshall on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, in the opening round of the C-USA Championship, as it is on a quest to defend its C-USA Championship crown.

The championship game of the tournament will be aired live on CBS College Sports Network Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The Knights are 6-2 all-time in the C-USA Championship after sweeping through the tournament last season with wins over Southern Miss, UTEP and host Houston to claim the championship crown and earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. UCF posted a 3-2 record in the event it hosted at the UCF Softball Complex in 2007, defeating Marshall, Tulsa and East Carolina to make it to the semi-finals.

The Black and Gold will look to defend its C-USA Championship title beginning May 7 when it travels to El Paso, Texas for the 2009 C-USA Championship presented by Helen of Troy. For the latest news on the Knights, log on to www.UCFAthletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. The site, which also contains ticket and Golden Knights Club donor information, is also the home of UCF's new online apparel store. Also visit www.UCFPhotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pictures.

2009 CoSIDA All-District III Second Team
Catcher - Catherine Lee - GEORGIA STATE - So. - Covington, Ga. - 3.6 - Business
Infield - Megan Bush - FLORIDA - So. - Anaheim Hills, Calif. - 3.51 - Health Studies
Infield - Andrea Migliori - STETSON - Sr. - Winter Garden, Fla. - 3.85 - Accounting Information Systems
Infield - Michelle Snyder - FLORIDA STATE - Sr. - Wenatchee, Wash. - 3.47 - Sport Management
Infield - Jessica Johnson - EAST CAROLINA - Sr. - Laguna Niguel, Calif. - 3.74 - Merchandising
Outfield - Blair Shimandle - GEORGIA TECH - Sr. - LaGrange, Ga. - 3.66 - International Affairs
Outfield - Kelsey Bruder - FLORIDA - So. - Corona, Calif. - 3.81 - Health Studies
Outfield - Taylor Schlopy - GEORGIA - So. - West Hills, Calif. - 3.39 - Child and Family Development
Pitcher - Kellie Snooks - RADFORD - So. - Alsip, Ill. - 3.71 - Pre-Med, Biology
Pitcher - Ashley Frederick - COASTAL CAROLINA - Jr. - Patuxent, Md. - 3.96 - Finance
Designated Player - Abby McClain - UCF - So. - Waterloo, Iowa - 3.75 - Biology