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3 Spartans named to NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete Team

3 Spartans named to NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete Team (photo courtesy of NSUSpartans.com)

3 Spartans named to NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete Team
(photo courtesy of NSUSpartans.com)

NORFOLK, Va. – Three members of the 2015 Norfolk State softball team were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar Athlete team on Tuesday, the organization announced. Departed senior Alina Moriartyand current senior Whitney Williams and current sophomore Seana Moriarty were NSU’s three honorees on this year’s team.

Alina Moriarty finished her career last year as a three-time All-MEAC honoree, just the second ever for NSU since joining the league in 1998. She also earned all-state second-team honors after batting .341 with 26 runs, 42 hits, eight doubles, three triples, five home runs and 23 RBI. The program’s all-time leader in hits and doubles also placed on the MEAC All-Academic Team, the VaSID (Virginia Sports Information Directors) Academic All-State Team and the Capital One Academic All-District 3® team.

Williams was also a member of the MEAC All-Academic and finished the 2015 season with a team-leading .362 average in 32 games. She tallied seven home runs and 26 RBI in addition to 22 runs and six doubles. A two-time All-MEAC honoree from her freshman and sophomore years, Williams ranked seventh in the league in home runs and slugging (.649) last year as a junior.

Seana Moriarty, the younger sister of Alina, started 40 games at second base in her rookie campaign and batted .260 with 11 runs, 26 hits, seven doubles and 11 RBI. Along with her other two teammates, Moriarty earned a spot on the AD’s Honor Roll.

Both Moriarty sisters are also members of the NSU Honors College.

To be eligible for the NFCA scholar athlete team, student-athletes must have had a 3.5 or better GPA for the 2014-15 academic year.

Among the 13 MEAC schools, only Norfolk State and North Carolina A&T (with one) had players listed on the scholar athlete team.

A total of 5,493 softball players across seven membership divisions earned NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2014-15 academic year, including 1,554 honorees at the Division I level. For the complete list of recipients, visit www.nfca.org.

Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com | Used with permission