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Patriots lead PBC All-Academic Softball Team


FLORENCE, S.C. – Five members of the Francis Marion University softball team were among 19 players recently named to the 2009 Peach Belt Conference Softball All-Academic Team.

The Patriots honored were senior first baseman Tamela Bell, senior centerfielder Lakyn Bendle, junior left-handed pitcher Michaela Wolf, junior leftfielder Jessica Birchmeier, and junior third baseman Kat Beauvais.

The team is part of a new season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; have achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and completed at least one full academic year at her current institution.

Both Wolf and Birchmeier earlier garnered All-Conference recognition for their play on the field.

Francis Marion posted a 32-19 record this past season and just missed earning a bid to the NCAA national tournament.

Bell, a native of Covington, Ga., has a 3.83 GPA as an elementary education major. This past year, she batted .291 with four homers and 16 runs batted in.

Bendle, a native of Amsterdam, Ohio, is a psychology major and owns a 3.89 GPA. One of the best defensive centerfielders in the conference, she batted .255 last season with two homers and 17 RBIs, while also setting the conference career record for sacrifice bunts (62).

Wolf, a native of Littleton, Colo., has a 3.57 GPA as a mass communications major. She posted a 20-11 pitching record with a 1.58 earned run average this spring.  She is the only Patriot hurler in the history of the program to win 20 games more than once in a career -- after winning 29 games in 2008 and 21 games as a freshman. At the plate, Wolf hit .323 with five doubles, four home runs, and 27 RBIs – the second highest total on the squad.

Birchmeier, a native of Port Richey, Fla., is an accounting major and has compiled a 3.57 GPA. Last season, she batted .324 with 23 runs scored, 10 doubles, one home run, and 20 RBIs. She was first among the Patriot regulars with a .415 on-base percentage and 13 multi-hit games.

Beauvais, a native of Manassas, Va., has a 3.52 GPA as a management major.  Despite missing 16 games with a broken bone in her glove hand, she batted .311 and drove in 10 runs during the 2009 campaign.                                                   



Peach Belt Conference 2009 All-Academic Softball Team

First Team 

Player                         School                         Yr.            Hometown                   GPA          Major

Tamela Bell                 Francis Marion            Sr.       Covington, GA             3.83            Elementary Education
Lakyn Bendle             Francis Marion            Sr.       Amsterdam, OH           3.89            Psychology
Mandy Chandler          GCSU                         Sr.       Covington, GA             3.52             Marketing
Kaelin Farrington         North Georgia             Sr.       Watkinsville, GA          3.90           Middle Grades Ed.
Megan Lakes             USC Aiken                   Sr.       Columbia, SC             3.80            Elementary Education
Sarah Moore              Columbus St.              Sr.       Smiths, AL                   3.72             Biology
Jessica Skeels            North Georgia           Jr.        Lawrenceville, GA       3.96           Middle Grades Ed.
Jessica Strong            Armstrong Atl. St.        Sr.       Fountain Valley, CA     3.97             Mathematics
Lindsey Swanson        GCSU                         Sr.       Kennesaw, GA            3.97             Psychology
Michaela Wolf             Francis Marion            Jr.        Littleton, CO                3.57             Mass Communications


Second Team

Kat Beauvais                Francis Marion            Jr.        Manassas, VA             3.52             Management
Jessica Birchmeier      Francis Marion            Jr.        Port Richey, FL           3.57           Accounting
Carrie Jones                 Columbus St.               So.       Midland, GA                3.92            Exercise Science
Kasey Knight               North Georgia               So.       Watkinsville, GA          3.27           Exercise Science
Kori Pickowitz             GCSU                               Sr.       Keller, TX                    3.72            Health Education
Trisha Snider             North Georgia             Jr.        Highland, MD             3.27               Criminal Justice
Kim Stercay                 North Georgia             So.       Lilburn, GA                  3.28              Art Marketing
Daisy Stewart             Lander                          Jr.        Roswell, GA                3.38                Nursing
Amanda Wheeless      Columbus St.               So.       Woodstock, GA           3.80           Exercise Science



Last Published: June 1, 2009 12:40 PM
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