AUSTIN, Texas -- Heidelberg University softball catcher Mikaela Mitsch has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Softball Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Mitsch, a senior, is a third team selection.
Double majoring in math and education, the McHenry, Illinois, native is the 23rd Academic All-American in school history.
"Mikaela is a shining example of everything that Division III Athletics is all about," said Head Coach Betsy Hada. "Her majors required her to develop new strategies for problem solving and communication, which she was able to apply on the field."
As a four-year starter, Mitsch was a key cog in the Heidelberg offense. As a result, she obliterated the program record book – setting new career marks for home runs, doubles and RBIs, and tying for the career lead in hits. She is the first player in program history to earn National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Central Region honors four times.
Mitsch helped Heidelberg softball capture consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference tournament titles.
With the honor, another medallion will be placed on the Adams Academic All-American Plaza outside of Heidelberg's Hoernemann Stadium. Two other Heidelberg softball players have earned Academic All-American status -- Jenny Coletta McHugh (2006) and Ali Sayre (2013).
The Adams Academic All-American Plaza, made possible through a generous gift from the John Q. and Patricia Adams Foundation, was rededicated in early November.
The CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.