Louisville’s Becker recognized as sport’s
Scholar-Athlete of the Year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Louisville junior Maryssa Becker has been recognized as the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and heads up the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.
Named to both All-ACC First Team and the ACC Softball Championship All-Tournament Team, Becker keyed the Cardinals to a second-place regular-season finish and an NCAA tournament berth with her performances on the mound at at the plate. She finished the season with a 20-11 pitching record and 2.22 ERA while striking out 169 batters and walking just 33 in 204.2 innings. Becker ranked third among ACC batters with a .411 average and set a school single-season record for runs batted in with 60.
A chemistry major from Medford, Oregon, Becker has earned spots on both the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. She has also been recognized as a Red and Black Scholar-Athlete, an honor designated for Cardinal student-athletes who carry GPAs of 3.25 or higher.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their careers as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
Becker is one of 16 student-athletes named to the All-ACC Academic team who also earned All-ACC honors.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.
Louisville leads all schools with 10 selections to the All-ACC Academic Team. Notre Dame follows with six.
The complete 2016 Softball All-ACC Academic Team:
Name, School, Class, Major
Megan Cooley, Boston College, Sr., Economics & Political Science
Ellie Cooper, Florida State, Jr., Sport Management
Meghan King, Florida State, R-Fr., Family & Child Science
Morgan Klaevemann, Florida State, So., Biology
Emily Anderson, Georgia Tech, So., Biology
Madeline Lionberger, Georgia Tech, Sr., Biology
Samantha Pierannunzi, Georgia Tech, Jr., Business Administration
Maryssa Becker, Louisville, Jr., Chemistry
Lillie Goetz, Louisville, Fr., Exercise Science
Megan Hensley, Louisville, Fr., Biology
Jenna Jordan, Louisville, So., Exercise Science
Jordan McNary, Louisville, Jr., Sports Administration
Sidney Melton, Louisville, So., Exercise Science
Morgan Meyer, Louisville, Jr., Communication
Nicole Pufahl, Louisville, Jr., Exercise Science
Brittany Sims, Louisville, Sr. , Chemistry
Hailey Smith, Louisville, Sr., Sport Administration
Lauren Fuller, North Carolina, Sr., Exercise & Sport Science
Kendra Lynch, North Carolina, Jr., Exercise & Sport Science
Molly Hutchison, NC State, Jr., Agricultural Business