CLEVELAND, OH - In a record-setting season for the UB softball team, a pair of starters were named to the Mid-American Conference's All-Academic team on Monday. Senior Sammi Gallardo and junior Alexis Curtiss made the 22-member team, while senior Heather Ryder was honorable mention.
Gallardo made the first team as an at-large selection. She has had one of the best offensive years in school history as she helped lead the Bulls to their first ever MAC East Division Title. Gallardo hit .312 on the season, setting a school record with 16 home runs on the year. She became both the single-season and career home runs leads during the season. Gallardo has had a strong finish to the regular season, hitting safely in 21 of the final 23 games. Twice this season Gallardo was named the MAC East Player of the Week.
Curtiss battled back from injuries to play in 41 games for the team, including 33 starts. She batted .310 with 12 doubles and 13 runs batted in. Aside from her offensive prowess, she struck out just four times in 116 at bats and had a perfect fielding percentage despite leading the team in defensive chances (with 211).
A total of 22 student-athletes from the league's 12 softball programs earned the honor this season, which is voted on by the league's faculty athletics representatives. The number of honorees on the Academic All-MAC Team is the number set for the specific sport or 33 percent of the number of nominees, whichever is greater.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.