13 Jayhawks earn NFCA Scholar Athlete honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A total of 13 Kansas softball student-athletes earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2017-18 academic year. KU’s honorees include Emily Bermel, Sam Dellinger, Andie Formby, Shelby Gayre, Jennifer Marwitz, Erin McGinley, Annie Mehringer, Sarah Miller, Becki Monaghan, Amanda Organ, Harli Ridling, Madison Sykes and Tarin Travieso.

The NFCA honored a record 1,311 NCAA Division I softball student-athletes this week who earned a 3.5 grade-point average or higher. In addition to 13 Jayhawks being recognized for their efforts in the class room, Kansas’ team GPA of 3.44 tied for 45th among DI softball programs.

Bermel, a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, made 12 starts and 18 appearances during her junior campaign. She recorded eight hits and four runs scored in 33 at bats, while also tallying two RBIs and a walk.

In her first year with the Jayhawks, Dellinger played in 51 games with 48 starts. She registered a .283 batting average with 39 hits, 25 runs scored, 10 doubles, three home runs and 18 RBIs.

In her final season with the Jayhawks, Formby earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors and was a recipient of the Big 12 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award. She made 30 appearances in the pitching circle with 27 starts as KU’s primary starting pitcher. Formby posted a 12-10 record with two saves.  

As a freshman, Gayre played in 48 games with 43 starts in the infield. She recorded a .273 batting average with 35 hits, 31 RBIs, seven home runs, six doubles and a triple.

Marwitz appeared in 11 games with three starts in the outfield. She also made eight pinch-hitting appearances during her junior season. Marwitz recorded two hits, two RBIs and drew five walks.

A 2018 graduate, McGinley also earned Academic All-Big 12 honors. She started all 52 games last season and hit .310 on the year. She totaled 53 hits, including 14 doubles, a triple and three home runs and 24 RBIs.

Mehringer earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors after appearing 29 games. She totaled 12 hits, nine RBIs, two home runs and two doubles during her senior campaign. 

Miller was named an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree at the conclusion of her senior season. She made 23 pitching appearances in the circle with 19 starts and posted a 4.17 ERA. Miller had a 9-10 record in the circle with 65 strikeouts and eight complete games.

Monaghan earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors as a sophomore after playing in 42 games with 38 starts at first base. She recorded a .214 batting average with 18 hits, 12 runs scored, 10 RBIs, four home runs and two doubles in 2018. 

Organ earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors as a senior. She played in 16 games with seven starts at second base, while totaling five hits in 29 at-bats. Organ posted a .975 fielding percentage with 24 put outs, 15 assists and one error. 

In 2018, Ridling was KU’s leading slugger and run-producer as the starting catcher. She ended her career ranked third on KU’s all-time lists for both home runs (37) and RBIs (147). RIdling recorded a .292 batting average with 45 hits, 32 RBIs, 19 runs scored, 12 doubles and nine home runs.

A 2018 Academic All-Big 12 selection, Sykes appeared in 37 games and made 14 starts in the infield. She recorded a .211 batting average with eight hits, five runs scored and two doubles.

Travieso earned all-conference honors after playing a key role in multiple position. She played in 41 games with 40 starts, registering 25 starts as the designated player, 14 at first base and one as the pitcher. She hit .275 with 30 hits and 30 RBIs. Travieso also pitched 39.2 innings with a 2-1 record and a 4.41 ERA.




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