ISLANDER SOFTBALL PLAYERS RECEIVE ACADEMIC HONORS

Five members of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team have been named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Scholar Athletes. The honor is awarded by the NFCA in conjunction with apparel company 'girls got game' and recognizes student-athletes who maintain a 3.5 GPA during the entire academic year.

Seniors Kim Connelly, Larissa Martin and Andrea Simancas were named to the team while sophomore Landry Moore and freshman Zaida Hager were also members of the team.

"The recognition helps us recruit better athletes," said head coach Jake Schumann. "It shows them that they will get help to do the best they can."

The Center for Athletic Academic Services helps the Islander athletes receive quality instruction not only in the classroom but with tutoring and study hall outside of normal class hours.

"I can't thank Jennifer Baker and her staff enough," said Schumann. "They help our athletes out tremendously and are a big part of the success in the classroom our team enjoys."

Martin and Simancas were also members of the CoSIDA Academic All-America Region VI teams this past season. Martin was named to the first team while Simancas was a second team selection.

Martin transferred in and was a two-year starter at first base and was a key contributor for the Islanders. Simancas played all four years with the Islanders and started 179 games in her career. Connelly was the Newcomer of the Year in her first season with the Islanders and finished her career with impressive career numbers in just two seasons.

Moore is a sophomore catcher who was in her first year with the Islanders after transferring into the program. Hager was a freshman walk-on that played multiple positions for the Islanders in a reserve role.