New Mexico State softball senior centerfielder Kandis Jones was just one of 11 Division I athletes to be named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Softball First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced Thursday.
A Community Health major with a 3.88 grade point average, Jones is a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) outfielder who earned first team conference honors in 2011. She helped lead New Mexico State to a program-best 44-17 record, its first WAC regular season and tournament championships as well as the Aggies' first NCAA tournament selection.
A native of La Mirada, Calif., Jones set new NM State single-season records in 2011 with 82 hits and 61 runs scored. Primarily hitting in the second position of the batting order, Jones posted a .387 average at the plate while driving in 34 runs this season.
Jones was one of two Aggie players to earn CoSIDA All-District honors, as sophomore Teresa Conrad was a 2011 Second Team All-District honoree.
The four-year starter is just the ninth NM State softball player to earn Academic All-America honors and only the fourth to claim First Team accolades. The last Aggie softball player to attain the honor was former home run leader Christine Stephens who acquired first team recognition in 2003.
Jones is the first Aggie female to claim Academic All-America status since former NM State swimmer Carolyn Bohm earned third team honors in 2008. The last NM State female athlete to claim first team recognition was former volleyball player Jackie Choi in 2006.
The Academic All-America selection is the first of head coach Kathy Rodolph's tenure after seven All-District honorees - all in the past four seasons.
"Kandis Jones embodies the ideal student-athlete," said associate head coach Cat Heifner. "We are very proud of her accomplishments both on and off the diamond over her four seasons at New Mexico State."