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Dubovec Selected First Team Academic All-America

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pittsburgh -- Senior Annie Dubovec (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston) of the Robert Morris University softball team was selected Capital One Academic All-America First Team in an announcement by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday morning.

Dubovec becomes just the third student-athlete in school history to earn First Team Academic All-America honors and the first female ever at RMU to claim this esteemed distinction. 

“We are extremely proud of Annie’s accomplishment, both in the classroom and on the field,” head coach and RMU athletic director Craig Coleman said. “She is an outstanding representative of our softball program, our athletic department and our university as a whole. She exemplifies the true meaning of a student-athlete." 

Entering the 2010-11 school year, Robert Morris had seen three distinct student-athletes obtain Academic All-America awards in the history of the university, but with Dubovec’s recognition, the Colonials have matched that figure in the past seven months alone. Prior to 2010-11, only one present, full Northeast Conference (NEC) member had ever had three student-athletes named Academic All-America in the same academic year. 

Dubovec, who is the RMU softball program’s first-ever Academic All-America selection, also becomes just the fourth softball student-athlete from the NEC to earn Academic All-America First Team honors in league history. She is also the first-ever designated player to collect any type of Academic All-America honors in NEC history. 

This latest achievement for Dubovec is the most significant in a long line of awards that recognized both her academic and athletic accomplishments. She was named a national semifinalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in February, an honor which took into account her numerous community service efforts, and was also chosen as the NEC’s Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the 2010 season. 

The applied mathematics major has compiled a 3.92 cumulative grade-point average. She has made the dean's list every semester she has attended RMU and has been named to the NEC's Academic Honor Roll in each of the past three years. Dubovec, who is also minoring in actuarial science, is set to complete her degree this December after student teaching during the fall. 

Dubovec recently completed another impressive offensive campaign for the Colonials, hitting .357 with a .397 on-base percentage and a .518 slugging mark, as she earned her third-career All-NEC honor and her second-consecutive First Team award. She led the team with a career-high 60 hits, a mark that ranked sixth in single-season school history, and also topped the squad in RBI with 30, total bases with a career-best 87 and doubles with 7. She started all 52 games, tying her for second place in single-season history at RMU in games played, and absolutely crushed opposition pitching within league play yet again. She posted team-highs with her .424 average and .472 OBP in NEC games and also recorded a .606 slugging percentage in conference contests. Dubovec highlighted the campaign with a home run off University of Florida All-American, and fellow First Team Academic All-American, Stephanie Brombacher, who has yielded just six blasts in 132 innings in 2011. 

Dubovec’s 2011 season helped her cement her legacy as one of the top hitters in school history, a rare player who could hit for both average and power. She completed her four years as a .338 career hitter, a figure which currently is tied for sixth in program history among those with at least 250 at bats. Dubovec blasted 17 home runs, including two grand slams, and tallied 91 RBI in her career, leaving her tied for fourth all-time in both departments with Colonial assistant coach Lauren Dickinson. She is one of just two players in program history, along with Brooke Panepinto, to rank among the top six all-time in career batting average, home runs and RBI. She completed her career with 158 hits and mashed NEC pitching to the tune of a career .415 average, a .451 OBP and a .595 SLG% as she hit .420 or better in conference play in three of her four seasons. Dubovec was also a measure of durability for Robert Morris as she started in 104 consecutive games to close her Colonial career. 

Dubovec also aided Robert Morris over the years with her arm as she hurled over 300 innings in her collegiate career, claiming 19 wins, 21 complete games, five shutouts and 165 strikeouts. Earlier this season, she twirled three innings against Florida, who ranks second nationally in runs scored per game, and allowed zero earned runs, making her one of only five pitchers across the country to achieve that feat against the national powerhouse this season.  As a result, she became just the second player in school history, along with Dickinson, to have won a NEC honor in both the player of the week category and the pitcher of the week category. 

Dubovec helped lead Robert Morris to the 2011 NEC regular-season title, qualified for the conference tournament in each of her four years and was never a part of a losing season. 

Senior captain Amanda Graham (Melbourne, Fla. / Eau Gallie) of the RMU volleyball team and sophomore defensive lineman Nolan Nearhoof (Gibsonia, Pa. / Mars Area) of the RMU football team were both named Academic All-America Second Team in their respective sports in late November. 

Dubovec had previously joined Graham in being the only two student-athletes in RMU history to earn Academic All-District honors three times in their careers. 

The Colonial softball program is no stranger to academic success as Robert Morris has posted the highest GPA among all Division I softball programs in each of the past two years. The RMU softball program has also garnered 15 Academic All-District selections in its history, including 10 in the past six years, and at least two in each of the past four years. 

To be named an Academic All-American, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at his or her current institution. Additionally, student-athletes are not eligible until they have completed one full calendar year at their current institution and have reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

Robert Morris went 15-5 in league play to take first place in the conference in 2011 while earning a spot in the NEC Tournament for the fourth consecutive season, the longest active streak in the league. The Colonials won their opening-round tournament game before being eliminated on the second day of competition in a tight, one-run affair.