Following the most successful season in program history, the Central Connecticut softball team has added another accolade to its impressive list of 2012-13 accomplishments. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has named CCSU to their 2013 NFCA Division I All-Academic Team list. In addition to the team honor, six Blue Devils were named 2013 NFCA All-American Scholar-Athletes, Kat Malcolm, Brittany Ernst, Ashley Black, Lauryn Alibozek, Evie Rentzel and Morgan Trudeau.
The 2013 Northeast Conference Champions closed out the 2012-13 school year with a 3.07 grade point average. Joining the Blue Devils on the list in representing the NEC is Robert Morris, Bryant, LIU Brooklyn, Sacred Heart and Saint Francis U.
"One of our goals has been to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher as a team," Head Coach Jeff Franquet said. "We finished with a 3.07 GPA this year which is remarkable considering all the adversity we went through last year. We couldn't be more proud of this group of student-athletes."
The All-American Scholar-Athlete award is bestowed upon exceptional college and high school athletes who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher during the 2012-13 academic year. Malcolm, Alibozek and Black are no strangers to the list as the trio was the sole representation from the Blue Devils for the 2011-12 school year. The addition of freshmen Ernst, Rentzel and Trudeau doubles last year's All-American Scholar-Athletes from CCSU.
"We had an amazing season with so many great things happen for our program," Franquet said, "but it is always remarkable to see our student-athletes get a 3.5 GPA or higher and still play at a high level. We are very proud of them."
Malcolm adds the accolade to her NEC Co-Player of the Week (twice), NEC Most Improved Player and NEC Player of the Year awards as a sophomore. Malcolm also earned Capital One Academic All-District, First Team All-NEC, NEC All-Tournament, NFCA Division I All-Region and ECAC All-Star Team honors last year.
"Kat Malcolm is the highest example of being a student-athlete in my opinion," Franquet said. "Her work ethic is unmatched in the classroom and on the field. We are so proud of Kat and are very thankful we get to watch her play for two more years."
For the first time in program history, the 2013 squad clinched the NEC Championship and traveled to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils traveled to Baton Rouge, LA where they completed the round 1-2 to end the season. Central also beat the record for wins in a single season for the third consecutive season, posting a 36-15 record.