LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of South Alabama softball program had a program-record 18 student-athletes from last season’s roster named All-America Scholar Athletes by the Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), during the 2020-21 academic year as announced by the organization on Tuesday.
The previous mark for the program was 12 honorees back during 2017-18. The individual award is given to student-athletes that acquire a 3.5 grade-point average or higher during said academic year.
The 18 selections tied with UTA for the second-most among Sun Belt Conference programs, just one behind league leader Coastal Carolina. Among the 1,982 Division I honorees representing South Alabama on the list are Abby Allen, Mackenzie Brasher, Jordyn Calderon, Janeah Finney, Jenna Hardy, Kaitlyn Hughes, Meredith Keel, Emma Kropp, Abby Krzywiecki, Kamdyn Kvistad, Olivia Lackie, Camryn McLemore, Caroline Nichols, Hannah Ogea, Kelsie Rivers, Shelby Sloan, Bailey Welch, Belle Wolfenden.
The selection marks the fourth selection to the list for Krzywiecki and the second for Kvistad. With her selection, Krzywiecki becomes just the fifth four-time selection in program history, joining former Jags Meghan Collins (2009-13), Blair Johnson (2010-14), Julie Moss (2010-14) and Kaitlyn Griffith (2011-15).
USA has had at least seven honorees in each season of its existence since the inaugural 2007 campaign and a total of 110 student-athletes at South Alabama have earned the honor under head coach Becky Clark.
As a team, South Alabama posted another program record as the club had a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.531, which ranked 74th nationally and fourth-highest among conference schools. The ranking marked the eighth time South has recorded a top 75 placement on the list.
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