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Softball posts program-best 10 NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes

Bearcats cited for success in the classroom during 2011-12 academic year

December 7, 2012

Softball posts program-best 10 NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes

Complete List of NFCA Division I All-America Scholar Athletes

VESTAL, N.Y.—The National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) has released its list of 2012 All-America Scholar Athletes, which includes a program-best 10 student-athletes from the Binghamton softball team. All of this year’s NFCA Scholar-Athletes maintained a 3.5 GPA during the 2011-12 academic year.

Since 2010, Binghamton has posted 24 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete selections. Nine players earned the accolade two years ago and last season, the Bearcats posted five more honorees. With 20 players on the 2012 Bearcat team, 50 percent of that squad earned NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Selections.

“I think it is fantastic that such a high percentage of our team was recognized as scholar athletes,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “It really speaks to the brand of athlete that attends and represents Binghamton University. They often are recognized for their contributions and success on the field, but they put in a tremendous amount of time and energy into their studies as well.”

Three of Binghamton’s current seniors were named to the NFCA’s list. Outfielders Jessica Phillips and Shannon Kane as well as pitcher Kate Price each were selected for the first time in their careers. Last season, Phillips was named second-team all-conference by the America East and was also selected to the conference’s all-academic team.

From this year’s junior class, infielder Mikala King was honored for the second year in a row while outfielder Colleen Dougherty and infielder Jessica Bump made the NFCA’s list for the first team. In 2012, Bump was named to the America East’s All-Academic Squad.

Last year’s graduating class also had all four student-athletes named as NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete. Infielder Chelsea Horne was selected for the third year in a row, outfielders Meghan Tucker and Briana Andrews were chosen for the second time in their careers and pitcher Kristen Emerling was tabbed for the first time. Horne and Tucker joined Phillips and Bump on the 2012 America East’s All-Academic Squad.

Since Burrell became the head coach in 2010, Binghamton has posted the top GPA in the America East twice and has posted a conference-best 10 All-Academic Squad selections. In addition, seven players have been inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society, including Andrews, Tucker, Horne, Bump, King and current senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller.

Binghamton opens up its 2013 season at the Florida International/Felsberg Memorial Tournament Feb. 15-17.

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