NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For a third consecutive year, a Belmont Softball player has earned Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 First Team distinction, as recently announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Recent graduate Hayley Baker (Rockwall, Texas) is one of only four student athletes from the Ohio Valley Conference to garner the honor this season and becomes the program's first three-time honoree.
The outfielder finished her final campaign as a Bruin ranked nationally in several statistical categories including 71st in doubles per game, 86th in run batted in per game, and 114th in sacrifice flies. Baker started and played in all every contest all season, batting .345 with 16 doubles, six homeruns and 49 RBI.
Baker, who became just the second Belmont Softball player to ever earn Academic All-America honors in program history one year ago, was named the 2019 Belmont University Presidential Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The native of Rockwall, Texas also earned the 2019 Belmont University College of Science & Mathematics' Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Outstanding Student award as well as the Team Academic Award, presented at the annual Bruins Choice Awards ceremony. A recipient of the Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Award in 2018, Baker helped Belmont Softball to its first two postseason conference tournament appearances in program history (2017, 2019) as well as helped her 2017 and 2019 teams record 30+ victories, the most for the program since 1996.
Last season, she was the recipient of the Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor and by began her career of academic distinction, earning the Easton / NFCA Division I Scholar-Athlete distinction in 2016. A 2016 OVC All-Newcomer Team selection, Baker has earned OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll distinction each season as a Bruin.
The 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Softball Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
The Google Cloud Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada and separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools and other affiliations.
As a First-team Academic All-District® honoree, Baker advances to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America® honorees to be announced in June.
Baker joins Austin Peay's Morgan Rackel, Murray State's Lillie Goetz and Southeast Missouri's Mykaela Arellanes as the Ohio Valley Conference representatives on this year's NCAA Division I Academic All-District Softball Team.
For more information about the Academic All-District™ and Academic All-America® Teams program, please click here.