LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Amherst softball team was touted for their academic prowess, finishing tied for fourth in Division III for grade-point average (GPA) during the 2018-19 academic year as 13 members of the team were named 2019 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the organization Wednesday afternoon.
The Mammoths, who landed 10 honorees last season and placed 15th, completed the year with a 3.68 GPA under the direction of head coach Jessica Johnson and tied Simpson College (Iowa) at number four. Greenville University and Johnson & Wales University shared the top spot with a 3.78, respectively.
2019 graduates Annie Murphy, Kyra Naftel, and Sammy Salustri, juniors Annie McCluskey, Scout Boynton, and Kate Kopatic, sophomores Ronnie Falasco, Nicole Trezza, and Alyson Plaman, first-years Virginia Ryan, Danica Peterson, Sage Innerarity, and Emma Cape were all recognized as Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.
Student-athletes who achieve a 3.50 or better GPA on a 4.00 scale during the 2017-18 season are named as NFCA Scholar Athletes.
Over 8,000 student-athletes (8,161), a first in NFCA history, were named 2019 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.
For a second consecutive season, NCAA Division III led the way with 1,928 student-athletes earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher.