Nov. 28, 2005
STARKVILLE, Miss. –
Their senior season is still two months away, but already Florida State University softball players Natasha Jacob and Carey Galuppi are receiving honors. The Seminole outfielders have been recognized for their efforts in the classroom as 2004-05 NFCA Scholar Athlete All-Americans.
Last year Jacob (Coppell, Texas) completed the spring semester with a 3.942 grade point average as an exercise science major. A child development major, Galuppi (Boca Raton, Fla.) posted a 3.423 GPA through the spring term. As a team, Florida State had a 2.936 GPA after the spring.
“I think it’s a credit to those two that they were able to be ranked as two of the top scholar-athletes in the country for softball,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “It shows that they have made the sacrifices necessary to balance academics and athletics. Academics need to come first and that is something we really stress to our student-athletes.”
The accolade is another in a long list for Jacob after her tremendous junior campaign. This is her second academic honor following an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-America recognition. A First-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection last year, Jacob ranked in the league’s top ten in five different offensive categories, including the third-highest batting average (.359). The team leader in ten offensive rankings, the 2006 team captain begins her senior season with a 24-game hitting streak.
“Academics and athletics are both very demanding so you have to know how to prioritize,” Jacob said. “Softball helps me manage my time better because there is only a certain window to do everything so you have to really buckle down and take advantage of any opportunity you have to study.”
Galuppi is no stranger to academic awards as she earned her third spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll last season. Florida State’s top reserve last year, she played in 37 games during her junior campaign. Galuppi was also one of the Seminoles’ top players in the NCAA Auburn Regional as she crossed the plate in both games against Baylor.
“As a student-athlete, academics need to be your first priority,” Galuppi said. “I took the position that academics would get me a lot farther in life. These last two years I’ve really taken advantage of all the academic support we have available. It made me discipline myself and I really value all the help they have given me.”
Graf’s squads have earned at least one region or national academic honor in each of the last five seasons with a total of eight during that time span. In addition, the softball squad had seven student-athletes named to the 2004-05 ACC Academic Honor Roll.