May 28, 2008
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech junior first baseman Whitney Haller has been named a third-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American as selected by the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Haller, a Marietta, Ga., native, earns this award for the second straight season as she was a second-team All-American in 2007 and is one of just two Yellow Jackets (Erin Voeltz-third team in 2004) to receive this prestigious distinction
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
Haller has a cumulative 3.91 GPA as an Industrial Engineering major and just compiled a 4.0 GPA for the spring semester. She was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick this year after starting 62 games at first base and batting .260 with 20 runs scored, 46 hits, eight doubles, a .475 slugging percentage and a .348 on base percentage. Haller ranked first on the team and tied for fourth in the ACC with 39 RBI while her 10 home runs were tied for second and tied for fourth, respectively. She committed just one error all season for a .998 fielding percentage and batted .476 over the season’s final 15 games to raise her average 80 points.
She is only the second Tech player (Laura Williams – 1994, 1995, 1996) to earn All-ACC honors in her first three seasons and holds the Georgia Tech career home run record (49). In addition, Haller will begin the 2009 season needing one more round-tripper for the ACC mark. She also ranks second in Tech and third in ACC history in RBI (178), fifth in school history in batting average (.346), first in slugging percentage (.652), fifth in on base percentage (.435), third in runs scored (150), third in total bases (397), second in fielding percentage (.989), first in fielding chances (1,293) and first in putouts (1,215).
Haller joins Academic All-American of the Year Angela Tincher of Virginia Tech as the two ACC representatives on the three teams.