ATLANTA -- One week after being named a first-team All-America for her play on the field, Georgia State softball standout Ivie Drake is a first-team member of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Softball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Teammate Brenna Skalski earned second-team honors on the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Softball Team.
Drake, the record-setting catcher who was tabbed to the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) All-America first team, is one of just three softball student-athletes in the nation to earn first-team All-America honors on the field and in the classroom, along with Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill and Oklahoma State third baseman Vanessa Shippy.
A senior from Carlton, Ga., Drake maintains a 3.91 grade point average while majoring in early childhood education. She is the first Georgia State softball player to be named a first-team Academic All-America® and the sixth Panther in any sport.
Drake, the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, hit .436 this season with 18 home runs and 60 runs batted in, leading the Sun Belt in average, homers, RBI, on-base percentage (.568) slugging (.919) and walks (44). She is a two-time All-America, a three-time NFCA All-Region choice and a four-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection. She has rewritten the Georgia State career record book, finishing as the Panthers' all-time leader in batting average (.408), hits (285), home runs (65), RBI (215), runs scored (214) and walks (177), as well as the Sun Belt's career leader in hits and walks. Drake is the only active player in Division I with at least 50 career homers and a .400 batting average.
Skalski, the senior outfielder from Sharpsburg, Ga., posted the highest grade point average for any student-athlete on the first, second or third teams with a 4.12 GPA in English. She hit .277 while starting more than 50 games for the Panthers this season.
The selections of Drake and Skalski give Georgia State three Academic All-Americans so far in 2017-18 as they join Chandon Sullivan, a first-team selection in football.