Softball Earns NFCA/Easton Top-10 Academic Team Honors, Nine Rams Honored as Scholar-Athletes

Softball Earns NFCA/Easton Top-10 Academic Team Honors, Nine Rams Honored as Scholar-Athletes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) named Suffolk softball an Easton Academic Top-10 Team as the Rams tied for 10th in Division III with a 3.596 team GPA for the 2017-18 academic year, the NFCA announced Wednesday afternoon. Individually, nine Rams garnered Easton/NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors.  

The rankings recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across seven membership divisions with 6,280 student-athletes across all divisions being honored for achieving a 3.5 grade point average or higher in 2017-18.  

Suffolk was featured on the NFCA's top 10 academic list for the first time in program history and is one of two GNAC institutions appearing on the list this season with Johnson & Wales sitting in second behind an impressive 3.70 team GPA.  

For a complete list of Easton/NFCA Academic Teams, click here.  

The Rams nine scholar-athletes, which is comprised of members of all classes, tie the 2015-16 recipients for the second-most in recent years. Suffolk is one of five GNAC teams to have players earn the distinction with Johnson & Wales earning the most recognition with 19. Lasell, Saint Joseph (Conn.) and Simmons were also represented. Overall, Division III student-athletes led the way with 1,600 of the 6,280 honorees hailing from a DIII institution.  

Devlin Frost and Ali Yamakaitis capped off their careers with their fourth such recognition from the national organization, while classmates Sydney Littlefield and Taylor Holmes, the program's first-ever Google Cloud Academic All-American presented through CoSIDA, achieved the feat for the third time. Hannah DelCervo, and Samantha Jacques picked up their second honor, while McKenzie McGrath and Constance Phelan earned the distinction for the first time in their careers.  

For the complete list of all Easton/NFCA Scholar-Athletes, click here