ATLANTA -- Georgia State softball standout Ivie Drake was named a first-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, becoming the Panthers' first ever first-team selection.
The senior catcher from Carlton, Ga., earns All-America honors for the second time in her career after making the NFCA second team as a freshman.
The honor is the latest in a long line of accolades and records for Drake, who goes down as one of Georgia State's most decorated student-athletes in any sport. She is GSU's eighth first-team All-America across all sports and one of just three Panthers all-time, along with golfer Joel Sjoholm (2007 and 2008) and tennis player Abigail Tere-Apisah (2012 and 2014), to earn first, second or third-team All-America status more than once.
"I am so proud of Ivie and all that she has accomplished in her career at Georgia State," head coach Roger Kincaid said. "As a two-time All-American she will go down as the greatest player ever to play softball for Georgia State. She has worked extremely hard on the field and in the classroom and deserves all of the recognition that she is receiving."
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).
Drake 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).
She is the only active player in Division I with at least 50 career homers and a .400 batting average.
Drake is a four-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and a three-time NFCA All-Region choice.
Also an outstanding student with a 3.91 grade point average while majoring in early childhood education, Drake was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District softball team and is a candidate for the Academic All-America team. She is also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
"Ivie has represented our program for the last four years in a way that all student-athletes should take note of and try to emulate," Kincaid added. "I am blessed and thankful to be her coach."