May 23, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Junior Kelly Hensley of the Florida State softball team has been named a Capital One Third Team Academic All-American after putting forth an extraordinary year academically and athletically, announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America and Capital One.
"Kelly has worked very hard at being the complete student-athlete," head coach Lonni Alameda said. "She has as much competitive drive for the classroom as she does for the field. She has grown as a leader on this team and has learned the balance of being a committed student-athlete for FSU and most importantly for herself. We are very proud of her and love what she brings to the team on a daily basis."
After earning a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District® IV Softball Team in early May, Hensley achieved academic All-American honors for the first time in her career. The Niceville, Fla. native is an exercise science major with a 3.93 cumulative grade point average. She has aspirations of going to medical school as a graduate student, and has exploited her opportunity to take part in the field by shadowing medical personnel from time to time.
Last summer, Hensley traveled to Lima, Peru with Medlife and assisted with taking vitals, helping with dental procedures and aiding a community development project for civilians who lived in shacks in the mountains. Hensley and her crew worked on building stairs to make travel for the civilians much easier.
Hensley has been named the team's Golden Torch award winner over the last two seasons, and recently earned the Golden Nole award and an ACC Top Six for Service award for exemplifying the ideals of collegiate athletics.
She is the first academic All-American for Florida State since former standout Carly Wynn, who now coaches at Fresno State, was named an ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-American in 2010.
Hensley is largely responsible for keeping Florida State's season alive when she hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning with two outs to tie the game against No. 13 seed South Alabama at 6-6. The Seminoles wound up winning the game in extra innings and were set up by Hensley's heroics.
Hensley has enjoyed a career year with the Garnet and Gold. Entering the super regionals, she is batting .318 with 13 home runs and a team-leading 54 RBIs. She is tied for third on the school single-season list for RBIs and is three shy of setting the record held by former player Yuruby Alicart in 2005. Hensley's home run total is also one shy of tying the school record held by Alicart and teammate Courtney Senas.