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Five Bulldogs Named To Academic All-District Team

Five Bulldogs Named To Academic All-District Team


STARKVILLE – Mississippi State softball placed five student-athletes, the maximum allowed by a single school, on the Collegiate Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team. Those five athletes will now move on to a national vote to select three Academic All-America teams.
 
MSU is represented by Jackie McKenna (C), Riley Hull (1B), Kat Wallace (2B), Madisyn Kennedy (SS) and Chloe Malau’ulu (OF). Hull, Kennedy, McKenna and Malau’ulu were all named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes last spring. Wallace, a manager at the time, was not eligible last year.
 
McKenna, who graduated last week with her master’s degree in workforce education leadership, completed her undergraduate coursework in criminology in May 2022. She played in 49 games, making 35 starts and posted a .997 fielding percentage to lead the team and tie for the second-highest fielding mark in MSU single-season history.
 
Malau’ulu also graduated with her master’s degree this semester, earning her MBA after completing her undergraduate degree in business administration last spring. She started all but three games, which she missed due to injury, this year and was third on the team in batting average and on-base percentage. She led MSU in hits, doubles, triples and total bases, while climbing to second school history with 18 career outfield assists.
 
Wallace completed her undergraduate degree in mathematics this spring, posting an impressive, team-leading 3.95 career GPA. The junior college transfer earned Academic All-American recognition in 2021 while at Jones College. She played in 40 games, making 20 starts this spring.
 
Kennedy, majoring in kinesiology, has earned SEC Honor Roll recognition in each of her first three years at MSU. She played in 43 games, making 41 starts at shortstop this spring. In SEC play, she was third on the team with a .882 OPS while slugging a team-leading six homers and driving in 14 runs, which was second. Kennedy currently ranks ninth in school history with 23 career homers.
 
Hull was named to the SEC First-Year Honor Roll as a freshman in 2022. The sophomore business administration major played in 47 games, making 32 starts between first base and catcher. She narrowly trailed McKenna with a .996 fielding percentage, which is tied for fourth in MSU single-season history. Hull’s 23 walks were tied for the team…

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