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Southern Oregon University senior Kelsey Randall attempts to turn the double play over sliding St. Francis base runner Hannah Santay at US Cellular Fields on Wednesday.[PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR]

SOU's Kelsey Randall receives 2nd CoSIDA Academic All-America honor

For the second consecutive season, Kelsey Randall was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America softball second team Thursday to make more history on her way out of Southern Oregon University.

Randall, a senior from Concord, Calif., is the second individual at SOU to hit a CoSIDA Academic All-America team two years in a row, joining Trevor Palmer, who made the track/cross country third teams in 2006 and ‘07. Last year, she became the first Raider softball player to garner the honor.

Voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the program is designed to recognize student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Covering the NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions, one must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 to be eligible for the honor.

A total of 23 individuals were selected — 11 to the first team, 12 to the second — and Randall’s name was one of just three that also appeared in 2017. She was the Cascade Conference’s lone representative.

On track to graduate next week, Randall is a business major with a 3.69 GPA. She starred all four years at SOU on both the softball and women’s soccer teams and will depart as one of the most accomplished student-athletes the school has ever produced.

For the Raider softball team, Randall started at shortstop and batted leadoff in all 239 games since her arrival. On the NAIA’s all-time career list, she finished No. 1 in triples (31), No. 5 in hits (335), No. 6 in stolen bases (154), No. 7 in runs scored (235) and broke Cascade Conference records in all four categories as a career .402 hitter. This year, she batted .368 and was the national leader in triples (12) and runs (73) while ranking second in stolen bases (55) and third in walks (40).

Randall was a four-time selection to the All-CCC first team and won four CCC Gold Glove awards. Last week, she earned NAIA All-America honorable mention; she received honorable mention as a junior and was second-team All-America as a freshman.

Randall was also a four-year starter for the Raider women’s soccer team as a midfielder/forward. This fall, she was an All-CCC first-team performer and was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV women’s soccer team.

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