Kentucky State senior pitcher Paola Flores became the first player in school history to earn national academic honors as she was named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The organization has honored academic achievements since 1983.
Flores, from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, is the first female student-athlete, and third student-athlete, at KSU to earn all-district honors when she did so two weeks ago.
In addition to her academic honors, Flores was named first team Division II HBCU Softball and second team all-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for her play during the season. Flores was also named to the SIAC all-tournament team.
Flores finished a stellar two-year career after transferring to Kentucky State. She ended the season 15-14 with a 3.44 ERA in 27 complete games. Flores finished with 112 strikeouts.