LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State softball player Amber Olive was named to the Capitol One Academic All-America Second Team, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday, May 23.
Olive, a Simi Valley, Calif., native was recently named All-District by CoSIDA, making her eligible for the top honor. She graduated earlier this month with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Communication Studies. The senior was named NM State Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and was honored with the NM State Psychology Department Head’s Award for Academic Excellence. In addition to being named a National Fastpitch Scholar Athlete, Olive along with fellow senior Teresa Conrad spearheaded Drive H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Eat) in conjunction with Casa de Peregrinos, where the NM State student-athletes collected over 2,500 pounds of food for Las Cruces and Dona Ana County. Olive was named first team All-WAC and was second in the conference with a .393 batting average and was tops in the WAC with 79 hits and 41 runs scored. She had 20 RBI on the season and 16 successful stolen bases. She finished her senior campaign with 24 multi-hit games and went on a 17-game hitting streak during the season.
Tennessee's Raven Chavanne was chosen as the winner of the Academic All-America of the Year award for the Division I softball team. Olive is one of two players from the Western Athletic Conference represented on the three teams. Erin Kipp of Louisiana Tech was also named to the second team.