Oct. 10, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Four Florida State University softball student-athletes in junior Kirstin Austin, sophomore Kelly Hensley, former senior Jen Lapicki and redshirt sophomore Jessica Nori were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athletes.
The award is given to any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2010-11 academic year. The award is the second component of the Association’s academic award program. This year’s total of 4,331 honorees bested last year’s total by over 30 student-athletes.
“These four student-athletes are a great representation of our program,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “Each of these players puts a tremendous amount of pride in getting better in the classroom and creating a better future for themselves, all while making a great commitment to our softball program.”
Austin is a speedy outfielder who played in 34 games last season, including five started. She routinely makes good contact at the plate and filled in nicely as a pinch runner in late-game situations. Austin, who is from Temple Terrace, Fla., is an exercise science major who is on track to graduate in 2013. She looks to use her degree toward a career in physical therapy.
Hensley is a biology major who recorded two home runs in her freshman season in 2011. She started 23 games in the outfield and earned time in 35 games altogether, recording 12 base hits, two doubles and nine RBIs. Her career plans include being a physician as she works for an even greater role on the team in the 2012 season.
Nori enjoyed a breakthrough season in the circle for the Seminoles, compiling an 8-5 record in 22 appearances while striking out 40 batters. The Weston, Fla., native came through for FSU in the NCAA postseason, delivering two wins in one day against UAB and Georgia State to keep the Seminoles’ season alive. Nori majors in entrepreneurship with the hope of running her own company one day. She was one of four FSU players to be named to the All-ACC Academic Softball Team in the summer.
Lapicki, who ended her career as an All-ACC second team selection, was a sport management major who also was a two-time All-ACC academic softball team member. She won the team’s batting title with a .343 average in 2011 and a team-best 35 RBIs. The Oldwick, N.J., native was also honored this past season as FSU’s most improved player.
FSU softball continues its fall schedule with a home matchup versus Tallahassee Community College on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at JoAnne Graf Field.