NCAA Division I NFCA All-Academic Team NCAA Division I Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes The Liberty softball team has been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) for academic success.
The Lady Flames earned the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Academic Team award for the third time in the last four years.
Additionally, nine Liberty student-athletes received mention on the list of Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.
Liberty posted a team grade-point average of 3.173 during the 2016-17 academic year. Western Carolina earned the highest GPA in the nation, at 3.673.
The NFCA All-Academic Team award was given to each member institution that recorded a 3.0 or higher GPA during the 2016-17 academic year. A total of 149 NCAA Division I schools received the award. Liberty was one of three Big South programs to earn the award, as Winthrop (3.486) and Presbyterian (3.29) also earned the All-Academic Team award.
Liberty redshirt senior Kenzie Friesen, juniors Jessica Cicerchia, Madi Clarke and Cassie Gingerich, sophomores Jaclyn Amader and Stephanie Marlowe and freshmen Autumn Bishop, Channing Cox and Taylor Hoffman were all named Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.
The Easton/NFCA Scholar-Athlete award is given to any softball player submitted by a member coach who attained a 3.50 grade-point average or higher during the 2016-17 academic year.
A record total of 7,351 softball student-athletes received Easton/NFCA Scholar-Athlete distinction this year. The awardees represent seven different divisions, encompassing NCAA, NAIA, junior college and high school. NCAA Division I led all levels with 1,843 honorees.
Friesen was honored for the fourth year in a row, while Cicerchia, Clarke and Gingerich all received their third Scholar-Athlete mention and Amader earned her second Scholar-Athlete distinction.