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BU softball posts 27th-highest GPA in the nation during 2010-11 academic year

Plemon, DeLuca, Horne, Marsteller and King also earn NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors

October 10, 2011

BU softball posts 27th-highest GPA in the nation during 2010-11 academic year

Complete List of NFCA Academic Honors

VESTAL, N.Y.—The National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) has released its 2011 All-Academic Teams and the Binghamton softball squad appears on the list with the 27th-highest team GPA during the 2010-11 academic year. In addition to recording a 3.345 overall GPA, the Bearcats posted five individual NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.

The cutoff point to be named an All-Academic Team was a 2.9 team GPA. For the second straight year, Binghamton passed that barrier with flying colors. Last season, Binghamton was eighth overall with a 3.48 team grade point average.

NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes are required to have attained a 3.5 GPA during the academic year. Senior infielder Chelsea Horne and junior Rhoda Marsteller each were honored for the second year in a row. They were joined by sophomore infielder Mikala King. In addition, Deannie Plemon and Stephanie DeLuca, both of whom graduated in 2011, made the list for the second straight year.

“Our players, coaches and support staff have set a high expectation for academic success within the softball program,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “The team has worked hard to achieve such a high GPA and their commitment to their studies will definitely pay off in the future.”

Binghamton has posted the top softball team GPA in the America East Conference two consecutive years. During that stretch, the Bearcats have posted a conference-high six America East All-Academic selections as well as 14 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.

On the field, Binghamton has gone 47-42 during the past two years, including 18-17 in the America East Conference. Since 2010, the Bearcats have posted three NFCA All-Region selections and 10 all-conference picks. In addition, Binghamton has landed the 2010 America East Rookie of the Year and 2011 Co-Player of the Year.

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