June 8, 2011

CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced its All-Academic Softball team on Wednesday. Representing Miami was junior pitcher Jessica Simpson (North Canton, Ohio). It is the first MAC academic honor of her career.

Simpson had one of the greatest seasons in Miami history. She was 27-15 overall with a 1.57 ERA, and become the first Miami pitcher to earn the Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year Award. She was also named First Team All-MAC and Second Team All-Mideast Region by the NFCA. Simpson threw 15 shutouts, which ranked in a tie for second in the nation. She also set a school record with 317strikeouts, which ranked 10th in the nation. Her season was highlighted by her first career no-hitter against Northern Illinois on May 6. Simpson was named MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week a record seven times this season.

Juniors Jordan McElroy (Marion, Ark.) and Daniela Torres (Harwood Heights, Ill.) were also honored by the MAC with spots on the honorable mention squad.

Miami finished the season 32-22 overall and 13-9 in MAC play. The RedHawks went 2-2 in the conference tournament, overcoming a loss to Ohio by defeating Northern Illinois and Ball State, before eventually being eliminated by Central Michigan