Sappingfield Named Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American

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Michigan softball standout Nicole Sappingfield was named a Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American on Friday.

Sappingfield recently graduated from Michigan with a degree in comparative literature. She plans to attend law school in the fall and eventually focus on human rights issues.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Just last week (May 22), Sappingfield was named an Academic All-America second team selection. Sappingfield is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2012-13-14) and a three-time recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award.

In the community, Sappingfield was part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk each of her four seasons at Michigan. She also served as a clinician for the Michigan Softball Academy, a one-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. In 2014, the Academy raised more than $118,000 for ACS and the Making Strides organizations.

Sappingfield started 235 games over her four seasons and finished her career ranked fourth in U-M history with 190 runs scored, tied for fifth in career batting average at .355 and seventh with 271 hits.

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