From staff reports
Cumberland softball player Allison Blackwood is the 2012-13 recipient of the Lindsey Donnell Award presented annually to a Bulldog student-athlete who excels in both academics and athletics.
The award is given in honor of Lindsey Donnell, a former Bulldog football Little All-American and former professor at Cumberland University.
Blackwood is a four-time all-conference honoree, earning first team all-league accolades in each of the last three seasons. The Leoma native has played in 209 career games for the Bulldogs, accumulating 35 doubles, 24 home runs and 158 RBIs and 54 walks.
She posted 16 doubles, eight homers and 50 RBIs while batting .333 as a sophomore and collected eight doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBIs last season. This year Blackwood is batting a career-best .399 with 40 RBIs in 51 contests.
The left-hander has also registered 39 career victories with one save in 114 appearances in the circle, making 76 starts and tossing 533 innings. She has 286 strikeouts and has tossed 37 complete games with eight shutouts during her tenure.
Blackwood also carries a 3.59 grade-point-average in early childhood growth and learning and will graduate in December. She has been a member of the Dean’s List for the past six semesters and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Education honor society. She has earned Conference Scholar-Athlete honors each of the last three years and will garner her second NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete award later in May.
Blackwood was also voted first team Academic All-District IV and second team Capital One Academic All-American last year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
She was also involved in several community service activities with her team throughout her career, including Feed the Children, New Leash on Life, Southside Elementary 5K Fun Run, Peer Mentoring and Leadership Academy.
Donnell set a national collegiate football record in 1936 with 1,500 rushing yards, a single-season record that stood until the 1960s. He graduated from Cumberland in 1936 and returned to teach English from 1960-62. The CU on-campus football stadium, now used for soccer, is named in his honor.