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Softball Program Honored for APR Scores

May 24, 2011
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Winners both on the softball diamond and in the classroom, the Liberty softball team was honored last week by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for its latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.

Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR scores (the most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years).

This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

The NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team through its innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement. By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

Liberty's softball program scored a perfect 1000 multiyear APR rate during the last four-year evaluation period. Liberty becomes the second softball program in Big South Conference history to be honored by the NCAA for posting a Top 10 multiyear rate, joining Presbyterian College, who has been honored twice (2008-09 and 2009-10).

Five other programs in Liberty Athletics history have been honored by the NCAA with Top 10 multiyear APR scores. Softball joins Liberty women's basketball (2005-06, 2007-08), women's cross country (2004-05), women's soccer (2005-06), women's volleyball (2005-06) and wrestling (2007-08) as previous Top 10 honorees.

The softball program just recently completed its 2011 season with a 30-30 record, marking the program's 10th 30-win season. Liberty was a Big South Conference regular-season runner-up with an 11-7 league record, but captured its second conference tournament title in program history when it upended No. 1 seed Radford, 3-1, in the Big South Softball Championship title contest.

The Lady Flames made their second NCAA Regional showing, when Liberty was sent to the Knoxville, Tenn. Participating in the most difficult of the 16 Regionals, Liberty dropped games to No. 5 Tennessee (8-0) and No. 19 Georgia Tech (4-3) at Lee Softball Stadium, last week.

Liberty's Athletics Program Honored for Top 10 Multiyear APR Scores:
Softball (2009-10)
Women's Basketball (2005-06)
Women's Basketball (2007-08)
Women's Cross Country (2004-05)
Women's Soccer (2005-06)
Women's Volleyball  (2005-06)
Wrestling (2007-08)