Karlyn Scott Selected as First Team Academic All-American
Karlyn Scott’s work on the field and in the class room was recognized once again when the senior outfielder was voted to the Capital One Academic All-American Team as a First Team selection. It’s the 20th time the Florida Southern softball team has had an Academic All-American, and Scott is the 15th different Moccasin softball player to win that honor.
Scott led Florida Southern this year with a .358 batting average that ranked sixth in the Sunshine State Conference. She also led the team with 67 hits and 44 runs scored, with both of those figures good for third in the SSC. She added four doubles, two triples, one home run and 20 RBI to her stat line while hitting either leadoff or in the #2 position in all 57 games. Her 18-game hitting streak from February 29 – March 24 was the second longest single-season streak in team history.
Scott’s most impressive numbers may have come on the base paths, however. During her senior year, Scott was 29-for-29 on stolen base attempts and was one of only four players in Division II with at least 20 steals who was not caught the entire season. Only Whitney Okvist of Georgia College had more steals (52) without being caught, and no other Moccasin had ever accomplished that feat before this season. Amber Jaekel came close in 1998, when she went 19-for-19.
In her career, Scott was 43-for-43 on the bases, a school record for perfection, though a minimum of 50 attempts is required to qualify for the NCAA career percentage record. Her streak of 43 in a row was the second longest in team history, trailing only the Division II record of 78 straight set by Traci Wood from 1994-95.
Scott, who had already been voted first team all-conference, is the Mocs’ first Academic All-American since 2009, when Sara Lovestrand was a second team selection. Ironically, Lovestrand and Scott are both from Crawfordville, Florida and attended Wakulla High School. The Moccasins’ last First Team Academic All-American was Megan Brown, who earned that honor in 2006 and 2007. Scott graduated from Florida Southern with a perfect 4.00 grade point average in biology. She was the only softball player from the Sunshine State Conference to make the Academic All-American Team this year.
With Scott among their leaders, the Moccasins finished the 2012 season with a record of 39-18, earning them a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Mocs went on to win their half of the South Region bracket before falling to eventual national champion Valdosta State in the Super Regional.