BOSTON – For the second time in Suffolk softball history and first since 2006, a Ram has earned Google Cloud College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-District as senior Taylor Holmes garnered the distinction for the 2018 season, the organization released Thursday afternoon.
Holmes is one of 11 NCAA Division III players in the New England region honored for combined excellence academically and athletically with first-team District 1 honors. The Accounting and Big Data and Business Analytics double major is one of two players from the GNAC to earn the honor and first Suffolk softball player to do so since Angela Belanger in 2006. Holmes is one of two Suffolk spring sport athletes to earn the feat as baseball's Brady Chant picked up the accolade as well. Overall, nine Ram across all sports have earned the recognition. In total, Suffolk has produced 11 all-district honorees with only one, men's basketball's Ben Small (2006-07), going on to achieve academic all-America recognition.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-American honorees will be selected later this month.
Holmes saved her best stuff for last as the righthander threw a stellar senior slate going unbeaten 10-0 in the circle in the regular season to pick up All-GNAC first-team honors for the first time in her career. The two-time GNAC Corvias Pitcher of the Week capped off the campaign with a 1.91 ERA and 58 strikeouts over 66.0 innings of action in 13 appearances and 12 starts.
The Ashford, Connecticut, product helped Suffolk to its third regular season title in the last four seasons and the top spot in the 2018 GNAC Tournament, thanks to the program's best league ledger of 22-2.
Holmes will walk across the stage in May as one of the most decorated Suffolk softball players as a member of the Winningest Suffolk Softball Class in program history, as well as the Winningest Senior Class amongst all Suffolk Athletics sports with a combined record of 118-51. Her name is scattered throughout the record book individual as well, most predominately fourth in both ERA (2.67) and wins (34).