Amber Patton Earns ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Honors
CHICAGO DePaul softball senior standout Amber Patton was among the nation’s elite both on the field and in the classroom as she was named a second team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 33 student-athletes were named to the first, second and third teams based on excellence in the playing field and in the classroom.
Patton, a Lowe’s Senior Class First Team All-American, will graduate in November 2009 with a degree in Marketing and a concentration in Sale Leadership. The senior from Forsyth, Ill., boasts a 3.422 GPA and has been named to the BIG EAST All-Academic, DePaul’s Dean’s List and to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in all eligible quarters.
On the field, Patton led the Blue Demons and the BIG EAST Conference with a school-record .497 average and 89 hits. A first team All-BIG EAST selection at third, Patton ranked among the nation’s best in batting average, on base percentage and was one of the toughest batters to strike out.
Patton, who was invited to try out for the USA National team, helped the Blue Demons (39-14) to their second BIG EAST Regular Season Title and to the regional finals of the NCAA Championship where DePaul fell to Women’s College World Series participant Missouri.
Patton becomes the 10th DePaul softball student-athletes to be named an Academic All-American since 1987. Four former student-athletes earned Academic All-American status twice, while Yvette Healy and Sarah Martz are DePaul's only three-time honorees.