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WINTHROP, Mass. – Saint Joseph's College of Maine baseball senior Jared Gagne (Dover, N.H.) and Norwich University softball senior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) have earned 2019 Google Cloud Second Team Academic All-America® honors, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday afternoon.
The award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the diamond and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program every spring separately recognizes baseball and softball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
A Finance & Marketing major, Gagne collected Google Cloud Academic All-District® accolades during his junior and senior years and is line to claim Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Academic accolades for the third-consecutive year.
Gagne is the fifth SJC student-athlete – and third this year - in college history to garner Academic All-America® honors as he joins Kelsi McNamara '19 (Women's Basketball), Darian Berry '19 (Men's Basketball), Taylor Black '17 (Baseball), and Alyssa Dunn '11 (Softball) on the exclusive list.
The two-time First Team All-GNAC honoree recently collected ABCA/Rawlings and NEIBA Third Team All-New England honors for the second-consecutive season after batting .387 (60-155) with 48 runs, 11 doubles, six triples, one home run, 33 RBI, and 35 stolen bases during his senior campaign. The team tri-captain boasted a .555 slugging percentage with a .438 OBP and logged 18 multiple-hit games while starting all 45 of the Monks' games this spring.
Gagne appeared in 148 career games, including 111 starts, and hit .366 (138-377) with 112 runs, 23 doubles, 11 triples, two home runs, 71 RBI, and 70 stolen bases over four seasons. He leaves the program ranked second in Monks baseball history in steals and ninth in batting average. Gagne is one of just four players from the New England Region to earn Academic All-America® honors, as he is joined by Williams College senior infielder Doug Shaffer, MIT junior outfielder Matt Johnston, and WPI senior outfielder Ryan Tropeano on the short list.
Oliver was a three-sport standout for the Cadets on the volleyball, women's basketball and softball teams prior to graduating. The 3.93 mechanical engineering major with a pre-med track was named the Norwich University Senior Female Athlete of the Year. She was also presented with the Looke Award, which is given to the senior who has distinguished himself/herself athletically, academically and has displayed leadership as a civilian.
Oliver compiled a 10-8 record on the mound with a 3.31 earned run average this season. She also batted .348 with a home run and 13 RBIs to go along with 32 hits on the season. In total in her softball career, she totaled 28 wins, 194 strikeouts and a 3.78 earned run average in the circle. She also collected 120 hits, four home runs, 66 RBIs and a .317 career batting average. Oliver earned GNAC Third Team All-Conference honors as a freshman.
As a senior on the volleyball court, she broke program single season assists and assists per set record with 754 and 7.94 respectively. She also ranks in the top ten in program history in career totals for service aces, digs, blocks, sets played, matches played, and assists.
Oliver was also a four-year member of the women's basketball program and ranked second on the team this year, averaging 11.3 points per game.
On top of her athletic accomplishments, Oliver was a captain on all three of her teams as a senior. She won the Student Engineer of the Year Award, which is given annually by the Vermont Society of Engineers and won the Tau Beta Pi award for the engineering honors society. She also served as a peer tutor and was on the Honor Committee.
Courtesy of SJC & Norwich Athletics Communications.
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Founded in 1995, the GNAC annually sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunity and community involvement in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience.
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