May 8, 2003
WACO, Texas -
Baylor sophomore shortstop Kim Wilmoth was named a first-team selection to the 2003 Verizon Academic all-District VI University Division Softball Team, announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A Garland, Texas, native, Wilmoth becomes the third Lady Bear in the past four seasons to earn first-team academic all-district honors.
An accounting and business major at Baylor, Wilmoth leads the Lady Bears and ranks fourth in the Big 12 with a .339 batting average. Her one-year jump from .216 as a freshman in 2001 is a school record for highest increase in batting average. Prior to this year, no player with at least 100 at bats in both seasons had risen her average more than 35 points from one season to the next.
Wilmoth leads the Big 12 conference with four triples and 21 stolen bases. Through two seasons, she already ranks fourth on Baylor's career stolen base chart with 42. Her 61 hits this season ranks third in the Big 12 and eighth all-time at Baylor.
After committing 25 errors last season, Wilmoth has posted arguably the best defensive campaign ever by a Baylor shortstop. She has made just six in 196 chances this year for a .969 percentage, also a school record. Wilmoth enjoyed a school-record streak of 27 games and 90 chances without committing an error mid-way through the season.
Wilmoth is one of four Big 12 athletes selected to all-district first team. Lauren Bay of Oklahoma State, Catherine Osterman of Texas and Erin Evans of Oklahoma also earned first-team honors. Alexis Garcia of Texas was a second-team selection.
Academic all-district honorees are selected by voting members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. An eligible student-athlete must maintain a 3.20 cumulative grade point average through a minimum of three semesters at the institution and participate in at least 60 percent of her team's games. District VI encompasses schools from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
With her selection to the all-district first team, Wilmoth is eligible for Verizon Academic all-America honors. That team is announced May 29.