Cozad and Kanai Receive Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

 

UPLAND, Ind. – The College Sports Information Directors of America recently announced that Erin Cozad and Lauren Kanai received Google Cloud CoSIDA NAIA Division Academic All-District II honors for their work on the softball field and in the classroom this season.

 

Taylor was the only school in District II to have two athletes on the list. District II states include, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Sienna Heights, Missouri Baptist, Columbia and Corban are the only other schools in the NAIA to have more than one athlete receive the honor in softball.

 

Taylor now boasts 16 student-athletes that have received CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in the 2018-2019 year.

 

Cozad received the honor after posting a 3.98 grade-point average in her major, public relations. She has the second-highest grade-point average among District II honorees. The first baseman tallied 325 putouts, the second highest in the Crossroads League, in 53 starts for the Trojans. Cozad batted .315 this season, after having a career-high 45 hits which include, two triples, five doubles and five home runs, setting a career-high in both triples and home runs. Cozad also set career-highs with 12 stolen bases, 23 runs and a .383 on-base percentage. The Elko, Minnesota native ranks second in the Crossroads League in chances with 344 and tenth in home runs.

 

Kanai earned the honor in the designated player category with a 3.68 grade-point average. The graphic design major finished the 2019 season with a career-high .344 batting average. Kanai ranks first in the nation in fielding percentage, holding an unblemished mark of 1.000. She ranks first in the Crossroads League in fielding percentage, fifth in home runs with seven, seventh in wins with 12, eighth in ERA at 3.38 and slugging percentage with a mark of .592, ninth in saves with one and tenth in batters struck out with 64. She tallied a career-high of 27 runs, 32 RBIs and 43 hits at the plate. The Grand Rapids, MI native proved to be a dominant force in the circle and in the batter’s box. In the circle, Kanai finished the season with 64 strike outs and a winning record of 12-4

 

The CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District award is designed to recognize student-athletes for outstanding achievements in the classroom, as well as on the court or field of play. In order to be eligible for the honor, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale, must have achieved sophomore status academically with at least one full year at their current institution and must have participated in over half of the team’s competitions as a key contributor during the current season.

 

Student-athletes are nominated for the award by their institution’s Sports Information Department and voted on by CoSIDA members from around the nation.