AUGUSTA, GA – Five members of the Francis Marion University softball team have been honored by the Peach Belt Conference for their work in the classroom as the PBC recently released its All-Academic Team.
Sophomore third baseman Tristan Faile, sophomore catcher Olivia Ferguson, senior right-handed pitcher Cea Knox, and senior left fielder Chelle Phillips were all named to the All-Academic Team, while sophomore left-handed pitcher Murphy McConnell earned honorable mention recognition.
Knox, a native of Myrtle Beach, and Phillips, a native of Waukee, Iowa, both earned their undergraduate degrees during the May commencement exercises. Knox had a 3.86 grade point average and received a B.S. degree in political science, while Phillips had a 3.34 GPA and earned a B.B.A. degree in accounting.
Faile, a native of Lancaster, S.C., has a 3.67 GPA as a biology major, while Ferguson, a native of Roanoke, Va., is also a biology major with a 3.84 GPA, and McConnell is a native of Milton, Ga., and has a 3.33 GPA as a biology major.
Knox shared the team lead in pitching wins with an 11-11 mark, two saves, and a 2.54 earned run average. Phillips batted .252 with three home runs and 17 runs batted in. Faile hit .260 with a pair of homers and 14 RBIs, while Ferguson compiled a .205 average with a homer and nine RBIs. Ferguson also threw out 31 percent of runners attempting to steal in 2011. McConnell registered a 2-2 pitching mark with two saves and a 2.47 ERA.
Francis Marion finished its 2011 campaign with a 24-21-1 record.
The team is part of a 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 games (either a starter or significant contributor), achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at her current institution.
Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt Conference has 13 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. In its short history, the conference boasts 26 NCAA Division II National Championships.
2011 Peach Belt Conference Softball All-Academic Team
Player (School) Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)
Brandy Bossle (USC Aiken) So. North East, Md. 3.73 Biology
Gabby Buck (Ga. Southwestern) Jr. Sharpsburg, Ga. 3.87 Childhood Education
Jamie Burwell (UNC Pembroke) Jr. Enka, N.C. 3.42 Biology
Kacee Camp (Augusta State) Jr. Harlem, Ga. 3.89 Biology
Hilary Cox (North Georgia) Jr. Douglasville, Ga. 3.38 Management
Shelby Duff (Armstrong Atlantic St.) So. Springfield, Ga. 3.65 Radiologic Sciences
Caitlin Duvall (Georgia College) Jr. Douglasville, Ga. 3.75 Politial Science
Tristan Faile (Francis Marion) So. Lancaster, S.C. 3.67 Biology
Olivia Ferguson (Francis Marion) So. Roanoke, Va. 3.84 Biology
Lynn Grantham (UNC Pembroke) Sr. Goldsboro, N.C. 3.48 Exercise & Sport Science
Nichole Griffin (Ga. Southwestern) Sr. Leesburg, Ga. 3.38 Accounting
Keeley Kennedy (Columbus St.) Sr. Fortson, Ga. 3.52 Physical Education
Kasey Knight (North Georgia) Sr. Watkinsville, Ga. 3.55 Physical Education
Cea Knox (Francis Marion) Sr. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 3.86 Political Science
Lauren Locklear (USC Aiken) Sr. Charleston, S.C. 3.33 Business Administration
Katie Mueller (Ga. Southwestern) Sr. Tallahassee, Fla. 3.90 Early Childhood Education
Anna Parker (Georgia College) Jr. Columbus, Ga. 3.42 Psychology
Chelle Phillips (Francis Marion) Sr. Waukee, Iowa 3.34 Accounting
Bailey Thompson (Georgia College) Sr. Vidalia, Ga. 4.00 Athletic Training
Kelly Van Dyke (UNC Pembroke) So. Salisbury, Md. 3.71 Criminal Justice
Honorable Mention: Heather Hodge, Georgia Southwestern; Murphy McConnell, Francis Marion; Stacy Piagno, Flagler; Megan Qualls, Armstrong Atlantic State; Cayla Smith, Georgia Southwestern