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    May 1, 2014

    CHICAGO – UIC softball second baseman Jacki Fletcher has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Fletcher now qualifies for Academic All-America consideration, set to be announced May 22.

    Fletcher collects her second career Academic All-District First Team honor after maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA, while enrolled in the Honors College as a Kinesiology major, and owning a .395 batting average this season, .318 during her career.

    A native of Lowell, Ind., Fletcher has excelled in the classroom all four years at UIC and has been rewarded as a Horizon League Academic Honor Roll and All-Academic team member, NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete, Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month (Feb. 2014) and three-time UIC Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

    On the field this season, Fletcher is 45-for-114 (.395) at the plate, with 20 runs, eight doubles, two home runs, a .518 slugging percentage and 22 RBI. Fletcher has stayed at the top with one of the best batting averages throughout the entire season for the Flames, as she has 13 multi-hit games and at least one hit in 30 of UIC’s 37 games.

    In order to be nominated for Academic All-America, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve, who has participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and have completed one full calendar year at their institution. District 5 includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.