CANYON – West Texas A&M’s Jessica Sipe has been named a winner of the 2014 Lone Star Conference Degree-Completion Scholarship announced earlier this summer from the league’s offices in Richardson, Texas. The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance for completion of a first baccalaureate degree to deserving student-athletes in the conference.
Sipe recently concluded her collegiate career following a dream season that saw the Lady Buffs make a run to the program’s first ever NCAA Division II National Championship with a Memorial Day win over Valdosta State at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia. She served as the backbone of the powerful WT offense, hitting .371 with 27 doubles, eight triples and 31 homeruns to drive in 140 RBI with a slugging percentage of .737 to go along with 260 assists and 124 putouts at the hot corner for a fielding percentage of .937 during her career in Canyon.
As a senior, Sipe was named to the All-Lone Star Conference 1st Team as well as the league’s Golden Glove squad for her efforts on the diamond, also picking up All-Region accolades and being named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) 2nd Team All-American. The Phoenix native came up big when it counted, leading off the top of the seventh inning in the national title game with a double off of the right center field wall while later scoring as she was named to the College World Series All-Tournament team.
After winning the regular-season title in the Lone Star Conference with a 23-4 league mark and entering NCAA tournament play as the top-ranked team in the country, the Lady Buffs finished the season with an overall record of 60-7 to become just the fourth program in NCAA Division II history to claim a National Title while winning 60 games to join Cal State Northridge (1985), Augustana (1991) and North Dakota State (2000).