PERU – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Wednesday that 466 softball student-athletes have been named 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes. Siena Heights (Mich.) and Culver-Stockton (Mo.) led all institutions with nine individuals each on the list.
One Bobcat senior and three juniors were named to the list. The lone senior was Megan Hartman (Lincoln). The three juniors were Elizabeth Nelson (Adams), Morgan Ritchie (Lincoln), and Erin Snyder (Omaha).
The four honorees are the most in a year since 2003 when five student-athletes were recognized. Three times since then, three players have been honored in different years.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.
Hartman recently graduated with honors as a marketing major. Nelson is a criminal justice – counseling major with a psychology minor. Ritchie is a criminal justice major, also with a psychology minor while Snyder is a criminal justice – law and society major with history and social science minors.
Peru State coach J.L. Thomason was proud of the efforts by the four student-athletes. Thomason stated, “With the numerous schedule changes this year due to the weather, it is amazing how all of our team managed. Obviously, these four were able to handle the rigors of playing while keeping up with their studies.”
The four scholar-athletes increase softball’s total to 54 the number of Peru State players named since 1989.