USC Beaufort softball player Maddie Byrd was named Monday to the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Third Team for her performance on the field and in the classroom.
Byrd, a sophomore first baseman who lists Ramstein, Germany, as her hometown, is the first USCB softball player to earn Academic All-America honors.
Byrd was a major contributor to the Sand Sharks' success, as they went 43-6 and claimed the Sun Conference regular-season and tournament titles before falling in the championship game of the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round.
Byrd provided a big bat in the middle of the order, hitting .362 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 48 RBIs. She also provided outstanding defense at first base with a .981 fielding percentage, making only five errors in 267 chances.
Her credentials off the field were equally impressive, as she entered the spring semester with a 3.69 GPA while majoring in Human Services.
The Capital One Academic All-America teams are selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and be nominated by his or her sports information director.