BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University softball players Elizabeth Diaz and Francais Olexa were named to the 2018 Google Cloud America Academic All-District First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
First Team honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ® ballot, with first and second team Academic All-America awards to be announced in June.
The duo becomes the 11th and 12th CoSIDA Academic All-District selections in program history and marks the third straight year with at least one All-District honoree. In addition, this is the fourth time the softball team has received multiple All-District accolades, and first time since 2014.
Diaz, a junior out of Wesley Chapel, Fla., has a 3.87 cumulative grade point average majoring in psychology. This past season the first baseman posted career-highs in every offensive category and ranked third in the Sunshine State Conference with 32 runs batted in and fifth with seven home runs while hitting .311 to earn Second Team All-SSC recognition. She is also a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar All-American and two-time SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient.
Olexa will graduate this May with a 3.78 GPA in biology. She led the league, and set a program record, with a .505 on-base percentage, while also ranking second in walks (31) and third in hit by pitch (15) all while leading the Blue & White with a .343 batting average.
Not confined to the batter's box, the Delta, British Colombia, native also led the team with a 2.35 earned-run average and 80 strikeouts in 140 innings pitched while posting an 8-10 record. Olexa is also a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar All-American and three-time SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient.
Lynn closed out the season 25-25 overall and 13-17 in conference play. The Fighting Knights finished .500 or better in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2003-04.