October 4, 2010

Softball Players Honored as NFCA Scholar-Athletes

Six members of the 2010 University of the Sciences women's softball team have been named  girls got game/NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for their academic achievement during the 2009-2010 school year. 

In order to earn 2010 All-America Scholar Athlete honors, a student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.50 or better (on a 4.0 scale) for the fall and spring semesters only.  In addition, the 2010 University of the Sciences women's softball team had a team g.p.a. for the fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters of 3.245, ranking 35th nationally amongst all NCAA Division II softball programs.  

Senior Samantha Tu (Bensalem HS/Trevose, Pa.) and junior Dayna Phillips (Cumberland Regional HS/Rosenhayn, N.J.) were named for the second consecutive year.  Tu had a 3.660 g.p.a. for the academic year as a fourth year occupational therapy major while Phillips had a 3.769 grade point average as a biology/pre-med major. During the season Tu, a second baseman, led the Devils in hits with 51 while batting .381 and earning Second Team All-CACC honors.  Phillips earned honorable mention All-CACC honors while leading the Devils in runs scored and stolen bases.  

Senior catcher Mia Crotti (Valley View HS/Jessup, Pa.) is the third upperclassman to be honored, recording a 3.515 g.p.a. over the past two semesters while majoring in health science. Crotti tied for the team lead in home runs, doubles and RBI. 

A trio of freshman round out the six Devils honored by the NFCA.  Pitcher Courtney Spina (Garnet Valley HS/Thornton, Pa.) recorded a g.p.a. of 3.963 while first baseman/shortstop Hayley Kavelak (Middletown HS/Townsend, Del.) had a g.p.a. of 3.772.  Third baseman Kerrianne Jones (West Chester East HS/West Chester, Pa.) had a g.p.a. of 3.582.  Spina and Kavelak are pharmacy majors pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree while Jones is a physical therapy major pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.   Spina led the Devils in wins (9), strikeouts (104) and earned run average (2.14) in 2010.  Kavelak batted .306 and was second on the team with 19 runs scored.  Jones was fourth on the team in batting (.279) and second on the team in doubles. 

 The six student-athletes honored equal the highest number of athletes honored by a CACC team this season, with six athletes from Wilmington University also being honored.   The Devils 3.245 g.p.a. is the third best amongst the CACC teams and the fifth best amongst all East region teams.  University of the Sciences is also the only institution whose softball program is ranked amongst the top 40 in g.p.a. by the NFCA that exclusively offers only health science based majors.