FRISCO - Sam Houston State graduate Lindsey McLeod has been selected as the 2019 Southland Conference softball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Monday in conjunction with the release of the all-academic teams.
McLeod, who was also named the 2019 SLC Player and Pitcher of the Year, graduated in May with a 4.0 grade-point average in public health. In addition, she is also a first-team Academic All-SLC honoree.
The Bearkats won the regular-season and SLC tournament championships to earn a berth to the NCAA Tournament’s Austin Regional where they upset ninth-ranked Texas 2-1 in the opening round in May.
McLeod, who went 22-9 in the circle this past season, was also named to CoSIDA’s 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America and All-District VII first teams and selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Central Region third team. The three-time Academic All-SLC honoree was named to the All-SLC first team, was the league tournament’s Most Valuable Player and earned SLC Pitcher of the Week twice in 2019.
This past season, McLeod broke the school records for career (721), season (265) and single-game strikeouts (17). She tossed three no-hitters in 2019, including a perfect game against UT Martin and earned the victory in the Austin Regional win over Texas.
Thompson was a first-team All-SLC shortstop this past season and boasts a 3.78 GPA in public health. She earned SLC Hitter of the Week honors in consecutive weeks to lead the Bearkats to a 13-game winning streak.
Thompson hit the game-winning, two-run home run in the Bearkats’ victory over Texas. The SLC all-tournament team selection hit .308 with seven home runs, 12 doubles, 29 runs batted in and she scored 34 runs. She was fourth in league play in triples (two), sixth in sacrifice bunts (6), seventh in hits (29), eighth in runs scored (18), ninth in slugging (.568) and 10th in stolen bases (10).
McDonald had a solid season for Sam Houston State, especially in league play on her way to earning first-team All-SLC honors. She was fifth in SLC play in batting average (.389), tied for first in triples (three), second in hits (35) and fifth in runs scored (19).
She has a 3.79 GPA in kinesiology.
Malia also earned All-SLC third-team honors this past season after putting up impressive power numbers at the plate. The general business major who has a 3.34 GPA, led the Bearkats with 12 home runs, 16 doubles and 39 RBI.
Malia and Thompson hit back-to-back home runs in a 2-1 victory over Nicholls in the SLC tournament championship game to send the Bearkats to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.