May 10, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. -- For the second time in as many weeks, UC Davis sophomore Deanna Menapace has received an academic honor. This time, the Aggie softball player has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team. The Livermore, Calif., native leads the Aggies in nearly every offensive category this season. To be nominated, student-athletes must have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.2 and have reached sophomore academic standing.
Heading into the Aggies' final three games of the season, Menapace leads the team in batting average (.325), slugging percentage (.584), on-base percentage (.424), home runs (10), runs scored (28) and total bases (90). She's tied for first in doubles (10) and is second in RBIs (27). Eight times this year she has driven in at least two runs, which ties her for the team lead. She has also posted 12 multiple-hit games. She is one of three Aggies to have started all 56 games, with 43 of those starts as catcher.
On April 3, Menapace became the third Aggie in 2007 to be named the Division I Independent Player of the Week. Last week, she received Division I Independent All-Academic honors. Menapace is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology.
UC Davis begins a three-game series Friday against Cal State Northridge with a doubleheader. The two teams conclude the series Saturday at noon.