Austin, TX – Morgan Rackel, senior pitcher with the Austin Peay State University (APSU) softball team has been named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America ® Division I Softball First Team, Thursday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Her selection is the first time a APSU Governor has earned First-Team Academic All-America honors in program history and the fourth time overall a softball Gov has been selected to one of the three CoSIDA All-American teams, with Andrea Miller earning Third-Team selections in 1995 and 1996, while Tracey Drechsel was a Third Team selection in 1998.
With her First-Team Google Cloud Academic All-America selection this season, Rackel, a chemistry major, becomes the seventh Austin Peay State University student-athlete to earn first-team recognition and the second this school year, joining volleyball’s Kristen Stucker.
Rackel, a Calgary, Alberta, Canada native, is one of the 35 student-athletes selected to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-American ® Division I teams and one of 21 to have a 4.00 grade-point average or better.
On the field, Morgan Rackel completed her collegiate career by earning her second straight All-OVC First-Team selection, finishing with a 21-9 record, a 1.89 ERA and a conference best 242 strikeouts.
Rackel was also named to the National Fastpitch Coached Association Central Region Third Team for the second straight season and became the first player in program history to sign a professional contract to play softball with the National Pro Fastpitch League’s Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois.
The 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-American® Softball Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes softball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.