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Four Bulldogs Earn Academic All-District Honors

McKynlee Westman gets an out at the plate (Ken Yanagisawa photo)
McKynlee Westman gets an out at the plate (Ken Yanagisawa photo)

Westman Named To First Team; Yanagisawa, Ong, Waldrop Selected To Second Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four Yale softball players have earned 2011 Capital One Academic All-District honors. Catcher McKynlee Westman was voted to the first team, while infielder Katie Yanagisawa and outfielders Jennifer Ong and Virginia Waldrop were second team selections.

Westman, a biology major, started 39 games behind the plate and hit .307 with five doubles and 16 RBI. Twelve of her RBI came in league games where she batted an impressive .352.

Westman, a Smithville, Mo., native, advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

Yanagisawa, a psychology major, was one of only four players to start all 42 games. She finished second on the team in hitting (.321) and tied for second in hits (44) and runs scored (24). Her 23-game hitting streak during the season was one of the longest in the nation this season. She is a Woodbridge, Conn., native.

Ong, a history/economics major from Pleasanton, Calif., set a school record with 16 doubles. She also led the team with 49 hits and was third in batting (.320).

Waldrop, a humanities major, started 27 games and had a career-high nine RBI. She is a Houston, Texas, native.

Yale has had at least one player earn academic all-district honors in 13 of the last 15 years.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity