AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College second baseman Sammy Salustri '19 has been voted by College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District Softball Team.
The Google Cloud Academic All-District teams recognize the nation's top student-atheltes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. With her selection, Salustri now moves on to the national ballot and will be considered as a candidate for Academic All-America honors.
The native of Pleasanton, California will be graduating this spring with a double major in Mathematics and Economics. She holds a 3.88 grade point average and completed an honors thesis in economics with the title "The Effects of Long-Term Contracts on Player Performance in the MLB."
A three-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic selection, Salustri recently made her third All-NESCAC team appearance as a member of the First Team. One of the best defensive infielders in the conference over her career, Salustri is a two-time NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year (2016, 2017).
This season, she ranked fourth in the conference in batting with a .396 average, while also recording a .983 fielding percentage. She totaled 40 base hits and added 11 stolen bases for Amherst this season.
Salustri is a member of both Amherst College LEADs, a development program that prepares student-athletes to lead on and off the field, and Amherst Athletes and Allies, which promotes the inclusion and awareness of LGBT athletes within the athletic department and on campus. Salustri has also served as an undergraduate grader for both the Math and Economics departments.
Nominated and voted on by sports information directors within the region and across the country, The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes softball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, which will be announced in June.