HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State softball team was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) earlier this week with 12 student-athletes being named All-America Scholar Athletes.

The Bearkats’ 12 student-athletes named to the team were the most of any Southland Conference school, three more than Abilene Christian who was next in line with nine. To earn the honor, student-athletes must have posted a 3.5 GPA or higher for the 2016-17 school year. 

Honored for the Bearkats were Katie Andrie, Samantha Belongia, Emily Bounds, Megan Crosby, Jordan Franks, Casey Kauder, Ashley Kopps, Megan McDonald, Lindsey McLeod, Casey Sax, Tiffany Thompson and Bailey White.

In all, the Southland had 56 of the 7,351 players from who garnered the distinction from across the association’s seven membership divisions. NCAA Division I led the way with 1,843 student-athletes on the list, including at least two individuals from eight of the 12 SLC schools who field softball teams.

With 12 student-athletes named to the team, it’s no surprise that the Bearkats also checked in with one of the top team GPAs in the nation in 2016-17. Sam Houston finished with a 3.55 team GPA last year, the 11th highest in Division I and the highest among all schools in the state of Texas.