FAYETTEVILLE – For her work in the classroom, Razorback softball senior Amanda Geile has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Team with Third-Team honors. The Ballwin, Mo., native is the fourth Razorback since 2003 to be selected to the team and the third under head coach Mike Larabee.
Geile was one of 81 Razorback student-athletes to graduate this spring and earned academic accolades with a 3.85 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) with a major in childhood education. She was eligible for consideration after being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 First Team with teammate Jayme Gee. Geile is a two-time member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and 2011 selection to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
During her senior season in 2014, Geile enjoyed career-best numbers with her .294 batting average, 40 hits, 20 runs scored seven home runs and 32 RBI. She was third on the team in home runs and ranked fourth among Razorbacks with her RBI total. Geile had eight multi-hit games in 2014 and was tied for second on the team with 10 multi-RBI games. She capped her career with a single against Florida in the last at-bat of her collegiate career.
Geile leaves the Razorbacks’ program ranked fifth with 22 career homes and 12th with 84 career RBI. She also posted a top-five slugging percentage in school history. With a third-run home run March 29 in game two of a doubleheader against Texas A&M, Geile became the fifth player in program history to reach 20 career home runs.
With Thursday’s release, Geile joins Jessica Bachkora (2010), Kim Eiben (2003) and Hope McLemore (2013) on the list of Razorbacks to earn Academic All-America merits since 2003. Geile is one of seven players representing the Southeastern Conference on the First, Second and Third Teams. At season’s end, Geile was part of an Arkansas offense that became the first in program history to post a batting average of .300 or higher.
Overall, the Razorbacks established or tied single-season school records in batting average (.304), triples (14), RBI (325), slugging percentage (.484), runs scored (359), walks (231) and sacrifice flies (15). To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and be nominated by his or her sports information director.
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