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Alabama softball star Haylie McCleney is Softball Academic All-American of the Year

Alabama’s Haylie McCleney first team Academic All-American, Sydney Littlejohn second team

The honors continue to come in for Alabama senior centerfielder Haylie McCleney. The All-America softball player, who earlier was awarded the prestigious Boy H. McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship by the Southeastern Conference, has added Softball Academic All-American of the Year by College Sports Information Directors of America.

CoSIDA named McCleney for the award for the second year and a first team Academic All-America for the third consecutive year.

Junior Alabama pitcher Sydney Littlejohn was named second team Academic All-American.

McCleney is just the third two-time Academic All-American of the Year since the award’s introduction in 1988, joining Tennessee’s Lindsay Schutzler (2006-07) and Louisiana-Lafayette’s Ashley Brignac (2011-12). McCleney and former Tide standout Kayla Braud are the only players in program history to be named a first team Academic All-American three times.

Littlejohn’s second-team honor is the first of her career and gives Alabama at least two Academic All-Americans in four of the last five seasons. Alabama, Oregon and Northwestern are the only schools with multiple Academic All-Americans this season.

McCleney has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average in exercise science. She was the SEC’s Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year last year. Littlejohn carries a 3.78 GPA in human performance exercise science and is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

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