Tom, Sumner Named Academic All-District
May 7, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina senior infielders Kaui Tom and Charina Sumner have been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team according to an announcement Thursday evening by CoSIDA. Both health education and promotion majors, Tom has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average while Sumner’s sits at 3.94. It is the first academic all-district award in either of their careers. By making the district's first team, Tom and Sumner are now up for CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine All-America honors.
Tom, a four-time Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal and C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection, was named to the 2009 Conference USA All-Academic Team. Earlier in the spring of 2009, she was an East Carolina PCS Phosphates All-Academic Team honoree. The Kailua, Hawai'i, native is also a two-time East Carolina Academic Excellence Award winner and a four-year Chancellor's List member.
On the field this season, Tom’s performance has been nearly as impressive. She is second on the team in home runs (5), tied for second in runs batted in (22), fourth in hits (31) and fifth in runs scored (21). In C-USA games, she is the Pirate leader in home runs (3), runs scored (9) and RBI (10). She produced a career-long nine-game hitting streak earlier this season and has driven in three game-winning runs. For her career, Tom’s 17 home runs put her seventh in ECU program history. The Pirate defense is ranked first in the nation with a .982 fielding percentage and Tom is one of the main reasons. The shortstop has just one error in C-USA action and four all season.
Sumner, a two-time Conference USA All-Academic Team member, is a four-time C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal and C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. In the spring of 2009, she was the East Carolina Conference USA Spirit of Service Award honoree. She is also a two-time East Carolina Academic Excellence Award winner and four-year Dean’s List member.
This season, Sumner has been one of the Pirates’ main offensive threats. She is second on the team in batting average (.323) and leads the Pirates in hits (53), doubles (10) and triples (5). She is tied for second with 22 RBI and 30 runs scored. She has a team-best 13 multiple-hit games and squad second-best seven multi-RBI contests. The Kailua, Hawai'i, native scored the game-winning run at N.C. State and drove in the winner in the opener against UTEP. She has 17 career triples, the fourth most in ECU and third most in C-USA history. In the all-time Pirate record book, she is tied for seventh in hits and is alone in sixth in runs scored.
Tom, Sumner and the rest of the Pirates (36-16, 13-5 C-USA) return to action this weekend, closing out the conference season with a three-game series at Memphis (24-22, 8-12 C-USA). ECU will be trying to capture its first regular season Conference USA title. The teams play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 2:00 p.m. and complete the weekend with a 1:00 p.m. Sunday contest.