May 1, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball sophomore first baseman and pitcher Taylor Sigmon was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District III First Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). As a first team selection, Sigmon now advances to the Capital One All-Academic Team ballot.
The Catawba, N.C native becomes the second consecutive Catamount softball player to be named to the academic all-district team. In 2013, Haley Pace earned the honor becoming the first in school history to be named to the all-district team.
Sigmon has a .397 GPA in Communication Science Disorders. She was named to the 2012-13 Southern Conference Honor Roll and named the North Carolina Education Lottery Student-Athlete of the Week for April 16, 2014.
Sigmon leads the NCAA in saves, with six, and also holds the Western Carolina career and single season record. Overall, on the mound, Sigmon has a 2-1 record having tossed 39.2 innings in 23 appearances allowing 26 hits, nine runs and striking out 15. Sigmon has allowed two runs in the last 12 innings pitched and struck out 16. She carries a .277 batting average ranking third on the team with 41 hits and also has scored 19 runs, knocked in six doubles and three homeruns and has 17 RBI.
Sigmon is one of two players to from the Southern Conference to be named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District III First Team. UNCG sophomore Nicole Thomas was also named all-district at the designated player position with a 3.73 GPA.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form. In baseball, pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched. Athletes who have not participated in at least 50 percent of their team's contests are not eligible.
There are eight districts nationally divided into both a college and university division with each section selecting both a first and second team. All nominations are submitted by the college or university sports information / media relations staff.
Western Carolina travels to Chattanooga this weekend for a three-game series with the Mocs. Saturday's doubleheader is slated to begin at 5 p.m. Fans can listen to the games online on catamountsports.com with Kyle Rush on the call.