Two Huskers named Academic All-American

The Nebraska softball team added to its nation-leading total of Capital One Academic All-Americans on Thursday, when junior Ashley Hagemann was named to the second team and classmate Nikki Haget earned third-team honors as announced by CoSIDA.


Nebraska's two selections ranked second nationally and marked the seventh time in school history that more than one Husker earned academic All-America accolades in the same season. Hagemann and Haget are the 20th and 21st Huskers to earn academic All-America honors. The Nebraska softball program has now collected 29 academic All-America certificates in its history, seven more than any other softball program.


Hagemann, a right-hander from Elkhorn, Neb., was one of three pitchers named to the second team and was the only non-senior pitcher named to the first or second team. Hagemann carries a 3.56 grade-point average as an elementary education major. She also excelled on the field this season, posting a 31-13 record with 344 strikeouts, ranking second in school history in strikeouts and third in wins. Hagemann was also a first-team All-Big 12 selection and a second-team All-Midwest region pick.


A four-year high school teammate of Hagemann's at Elkhorn High School, Haget was one of three outfielders on the third team. Haget carries a 3.92 GPA as a forensic science major. On the field, Haget was the Huskers' leadoff hitter all season, batting .341 while leading the team with 62 hits, 51 runs scored and 16 stolen bases.


Other Huskers who advanced to the national academic All-America ballot included seniors Julie Brechtel and Heidi Foland. Although neither player earned academic All-America honors, Brechtel was a three-time academic all-district selection, while Foland was a two-time academic all-district honoree.