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Sarah Walz named to Capital One academic all-district softball team

TOWSON, MD -- In her final season with the Lincoln Memorial University softball program, Sarah Walz has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Softball Team. Walz is the second selection for the Lady Railsplitters over the past two seasons, as Meghan LaFevor garnered the honor following the 2012 campaign, and the fourth all-time selection for Lincoln Memorial.

The 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Softball Teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

This season, Sarah Walz (Innisfail, Alberta, Canada) played a pivotal role in a resurgent season for the Lady Railsplitters, as Lincoln Memorial rebounded from an 18-28 finish in 2012 by posting a 30-22 mark in 2013.

Listed at 5'3" and a utility player, Walz started all 52 games for the Lady Railsplitters with 36 of those starts coming at second base. Walz finished fourth on the team with a .299 batting average while ranking second on the squad with 46 total hits. Among those hits, Walz tallied seven doubles, two home runs, 34 RBI and 59 total bases. Along with her .299 batting mark, Walz notched a .383 slugging percentage and a .382 on-base percentage.

Walz's best game of the season came in the season opener, as she posted a three-for-four outing with four RBI, one run scored and a double against Georgia College & State. All told, Walz tallied 13 multiple hit game which ranked second on the team.

Off the field, Walz racked up a 3.87 grade point average while completing the requirements for her degree in Kinesiology.

With the 2013 season in the books, Walz's four-year career also comes to a close. She caps her career with a .291 batting average, 111 hits, 64 runs scored, 25 doubles, seven home runs, 71 RBI and 157 total bases. She slugged .412 with a .386 career on-base percentage. In the all-time record books in school history, Walz finished tied for 10th with 52 career walks.

By earning Capital One Academic All-District laurels, Walz advances to the ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America Team. First-, second- and third- team All-America honorees will be named later this month.

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