Texas Lutheran sophomore outfielder Kelly Jurden of Brenham has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-American Second Team.
Jurden, helped lead TLU to the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball National Championship eight days ago.
Jurden holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average majoring in business and information systems. Jurden was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Jurden also received National Fastpitch Coaches Association Second Team All-America honors. She was also named the 2019 NCAA Division III recipient of the New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe Award, an award given the top base stealer in each collegiate division.
Jurden stole 61 bases in 63 attempts in 2019 and set new school and SCAC records for stolen bases in a season. She led NCAA Division III in total steals and in stolen bases per game (1.30).
In addition to her stolen base records, Jurden tied the school record for runs scored in a season (59), came within one walk (with 28) of the single-season walks record, posted the second-best single-season on-base percentage (.543), and recorded the third-best single-season batting average (.458).
Jurden came within three hits of the single-season hits record. She ended the year with 66. She moved into second on the TLU career batting average record chart for players with at least 250 career at-bats. Jurden is hitting .413 in her Bulldog career.
With 90 stolen bases in just two seasons, Jurden is now third all-time on the TLU career steals list. She is just 10 steals from tying, and 11 from breaking, former Bulldog Ashley Jacobsen's career steals mark of 100.
(Information courtesy: TLU Sports Information)