Butler Softball Earns NFCA Academic Recognition

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Six Butler softball players have been honored for academic achievement by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.  The six were named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes, and Butler was further honored as a 2010-11 All-Academic Team.

Butler athletes chosen as 2010-11 Scholar-Athletes by the NFCA were outfielder Rachel Brummer, catcher Alyssa Coleman, outfielder Lauren McNulty, catcher Mallory Winters, utility player Krista Hakola and infielder Meaghan Sullivan.  To be named a Scholar-Athlete, players had to have acquired a 3.5 grade point average for the year.

Sullivan was Butler’s third-leading hitter with a .288 average in 52 games, while McNulty finished fourth on the team in batting with a .286 average in 56 games.  Coleman saw action in 46 games, including 37 as a starter, while Winters started 44 games.  Brummer played in 31 games and Hakola saw action in 28 contests.

Brummer, McNulty, Winters and Sullivan also were named 2009-10 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.

The Butler softball team, which compiled a school-record 32-24 record last spring, boasted a 3.306 team grade point average.  The Bulldogs were one of four teams from the Horizon League (along with Detroit, Valparaiso and Youngstown State) to be honored as a 2010-11 All-Academic Team.