ISLANDER SOFTBALL PLAYERS HONORED
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team had several players garner honors this week, as Larissa Martin was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI team and several Islander players were honored by the Southland Conference.
Martin, a senior from Franklin, was honored by the College Sports Information Director's Association (CoSIDA) for her efforts both on and off the field. Martin is a Mathematics major with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She has been a two-year starter for the softball team and recently completed her career with the Islanders. Martin finished the season as the top hitter on the team with a .322 average and collecting 21 RBIs, good for third-best on the team. For her efforts, she was named the TAMUCC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also an Honorable Mention on the SLC All-Conference teams.
Andrea Simancas was also honored as a second team member of the Academic All-District team. Simancas, a senior, also has a 4.0 GPA while majoring in history at TAMUCC. She is from Pasadena and was a four-year member of the Islanders team, having recently completed her career. She was second on the team with a batting average of .309 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 19 RBIs. Simancas is fourth all-time in the Islander record books with 32 doubles, sixth in extra base hits with 34 and seventh in runs scored with 63. This week also saw her named to the All-SLC Third Team
Other Islanders honored this week were freshman catcher Alaina Byars, junior designated player Margo Hurdt and senior shortstop Stephanie Estrada.
Byars and Hurdt were all named to the All-SLC Third Team while Estrada was also named All-SLC Honorable Mention.
Byars came on strong later in the season to lead the Islanders with six home runs and finishing second on the team with 31 RBIs. Hurdt led the team in RBIs with 34 while connecting for four home runs this season. Estrada tied Simancas with 19 RBIs this season and finished fourth on the team in hitting at .303, giving her a career average of .292, the third-highest mark in Islander history.