June 26, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Five Florida State University softball student-athletes in Bailey Schinella, Jessica Nori, Kirstin Austin, Kelly Hensley and Tiffani Brown were named to the 2012 All-ACC Academic Softball Team today, announced by the conference.
All five Seminole standouts met the criteria of earning a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester while maintaining a 3.00 cumulative average during their academic careers and earning adequate time on the field. Each student-athlete played a pivotal role in helping guide FSU to a 47-16 overall record in 2012 and an NCAA Regional berth for the 13th consecutive season.
“Being named to the All-ACC Academic Softball Team is a tribute to the hard work that each of these student-athletes has put in to making themselves so well-rounded in athletics and academics,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We always rave about the classroom success that FSU softball has attained over the years and it is accolades like this that show how much our players care not only about the game of softball but about building brighter futures for themselves.”
Brown, who recently finished her junior season, was one of just six players in the conference who was a member of both the 2012 All-ACC Academic Team and the 2012 All-ACC Team. She enjoyed a strong year at second base and led the conference in four categories that include 43 stolen bases, 66 base hits, 219 at-bats and 49 steal attempts. The criminology major boasts a career 3.13 GPA and finished with a 3.688 last semester.
Nori is the only two-time honoree among the FSU players honored. The rising redshirt junior pitcher from Weston, Fla., carries a 3.742 cumulative GPA as an entrepreneurship major, which includes a 3.625 average last semester. Nori finished tied for 16th nationally with four saves in 2012 and led the Seminoles with a 1.29 ERA in conference play. She was also recognized as a member of the Capital One Academic District 4 Softball Team during the playing year.
Tying Nori for the team lead in saves was Schinella, who put up impressive numbers as just a freshman. The Valrico, Fla., native notched four saves in just over the first month of action before sustaining a concussion in late March that forced her to miss just about all of the remaining season. Schinella is a business major who has a 3.25 cumulative GPA and recorded a 3.3 in her last semester.
Austin adds to her bulging academic résumé as she picks up her first-ever All-ACC Academic Team honor. The rising senior from Temple Terrace, Fla., made a big difference in left field this season, batting .281 overall and a team-best .364 in conference play. In the last year Austin has been honored as a Golden Nole recipient and joins Nori as a member of the Capital One Academic District 4 Softball Team and as a NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete. She shows a 3.495 overall GPA and had a 3.545 in her most recent semester.
Hensley recorded a 4.0 GPA in her last semester and shows a 3.94 GPA overall. The exercise science major from Niceville, Fla., filled the role as the team’s everyday first baseman this past season. She was honored as the team’s Golden Torch recipient for her classroom abilities in the fall 2011. Hensley drew the fifth-most walks on the team this past season and recorded the sixth-most multiple-hit performances while completing the season with 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored.
All eight ACC schools that sponsor softball are represented on this year’s All-ACC Academic Team. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech led with six players, while Boston College and Florida State placed five on the team. Three players were honored from Maryland, North Carolina, and NC State, and two Virginia players were recognized.