Four Jayhawks recognized for efforts in the classroom
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas softball set a record of student-athletes to garner Academic All-America honors after Emily Bermel, Andie Formby, Shannon McGinley and Sophia Templin were named 2016 Easton Scholar-Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
Templin earned the accolade for the second time in her career, while Bermel, Formby and McGinley were recognized for the first time as Jayhawks. The record-setting achievement topped the last two seasons in which a trio of KU softball players garnered the national academic honor.
A Lawrence, Kansas, product, Bermel appeared in 24 games, mostly as a pinch runner, during her rookie campaign. She recorded 11 runs scored and stole first career base against Evansville (3/22).
In her first season with Kansas, Formby earned three Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors and led KU’s pitching staff with a 16-7 record in the circle with 33 appearances and 25 starts. She posted the fifth-lowest ERA in the Big 12 (2.26) and the fourth-most strikeouts (113). The Orange, California, product threw her first career no-hitter against Saint Louis (3/20) and tossed nearly 29 shutout innings prior to becoming the 26th Jayhawk to toss a no-hitter.
McGinley, a native of Prairie Village, Kansas, started all 51 games in the outfield for the Jayhawks. She hit .344 on the year, good for the second-best batting average on the squad, and finished second on the roster in hits (53) and doubles (11). McGinley recorded 18 RBIs and a .435 slugging percentage during her senior season.
A two-time honoree, Templin appeared in seven games and made one start as a junior. She tossed a total of 13 and two-thirds innings with a 7.17 ERA. Templin struck out 12 batters while surrendering 10 walks and 17 hits. She struck out a season-high five batters against Oklahoma State (5/6).
To be eligible for NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors, individuals must achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher.
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