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Alex Honnold Named Academic All-American

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri softball junior center fielder Alex Honnold was recognized as a Third-Team Academic All-American, College Sports Communicators announced Tuesday.

Honnold becomes the program’s 20th all-time Academic All-American. She is the third Tiger to earn a spot on the Academic All-American team during Larissa Anderson’s tenure, joining Kara Decker (2019) and Kimberly Wert (2022).

Honnold, a West Des Moines, Iowa, native, currently has a 3.908 GPA at Mizzou and is pursuing her Bachelor’s in Parks, Recreation, & Sport: Sport Management.

She has been selected to the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll twice and was named to the 2020-21 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Honnold has also earned NFCA All-American, 2023 D1Softball First Team All-American, NFCA All-Region, CSC Academic All-District and All-SEC accolades this season.

Overall, Honnold, a Top 25 Finalist for 2023 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, led Mizzou and ranked in the top six in the SEC for on-base percentage (.539, fourth in the SEC, 12th in the NCAA), slugging percentage (.779, fifth in the SEC, 20th in the NCAA), runs (52, fifth in the SEC), batting average (.396, sixth in the SEC) and triples (three, sixth in the SEC). Honnold was also fourth in the SEC with 44 walks.

Her .779 slugging percentage in 2023 ranks fourth all-time in Mizzou program history. Honnold also ranks tied for third in the Missouri record books with 44 walks.

A 2023 All-SEC Second Team performer, Honnold ranked 10th in conference play with a .443 on-base percentage. She hit .290 in SEC games with four home runs, two doubles, 14 runs, and 10 RBI to go with a .493 slugging percentage.

In 2023, she registered 19 multi-hit games (second on MU) and blasted 14 home runs (ninth in the SEC). Honnold tallied 11 doubles (fourth on Mizzou) and paced the Tigers with 11 multi-RBI games and 49 RBI (11th in the SEC).

She notched a 17-game reached-base streak and 11-game hitting streak in 2023. Honnold also grabbed 20 stolen bases (seventh in the SEC) to go with 61 hits (11th in the SEC).

In the field, she registered a .989 fielding percentage with 91 putouts.

Honnold compiled three hits, five times in 2023 including a two-home run outing with a career-best five RBI (3-for-4 hitting) at Florida on March 17.

She batted .333 at the 2023 SEC Tournament May 9-10 with two RBI, a run and a double.

Honnold also opened the 2023 NCAA Norman Regional, going 1-for-4 with three RBI and a homer against California on May 19.

She went 9-for-14 with a pair of home runs and 10 RBI over Mizzou’s non-conference trip to Florida (Feb. 14-19) for SEC Co-Player of the Week honors. In six games, Honnold slashed .643/.762/1.357 with six extra-base hits to lead the Tigers to a 6-0 record across the week, winning a midweek matchup at No. 20 UCF and securing the 2023 Panther Invitational.


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