AUGUSTA, GA – Three 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.
Junior third baseman Tristan Faile, junior catcher Olivia Ferguson, and sophomore outfielder Sara Broderick were all named to the All-Academic Team. Both Faile and Ferguson are repeat selections as they were also named to the 2011 squad.
Faile, a native of Lancaster, S.C., has a 3.77 GPA as a biology major, while Ferguson, a native of Roanoke, Va., is also a biology major with a 3.74 GPA, and Broderick is a native of Sunrise, Fla., and has a 3.32 GPA as a political science major.
On the field, Faile led the Patriots with a .361 batting average and 14 doubles. She also hit a team-high six home runs and drove in 39 runs. Ferguson hit .283 with eight doubles, three home runs, and 17 RBIs, while throwing out 11 of 43 runners attempting to steal. Broderick was second on the squad in batting (.355) while scoring 28 runs from the leadoff position. She drove in 10 runs and registered a .385 on-base percentage with 12 stolen bases in 16 attempts.
The trio helped lead Francis Marion to a 31-20 record in 2012, the program’s twelfth 30-win campaign in the past 15 seasons.
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 30 NCAA Division II National Championships.
2012 Peach Belt Conference Softball All-Academic Team
Player (School) Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)
Sara Broderick (Francis Marion) So. Sunrise, Fla. 3.32 Political Science
Arielle Buchholz (Lander) So. Naples, Fla. 3.45 Mass Communications
Gabby Buck (Ga. Southwestern) Sr. Sharpsburg, Ga. 3.86 Early Childhood Education
Kacee Camp (Augusta State) Sr. Harlem, Ga. 3.88 Biology
Jessica Coan (North Georgia) Sr. Duluth, Ga. 3.31 Physical Education & Leadership
Hilary Cox (North Georgia) Sr. Douglasville, Ga. 3.46 Business Management
Kayla Denham (USC Aiken) Sr. Palatka, Fla. 3.43 Exercise & Sports Science
Shelby Duff (Armstrong) Jr. Springfield, Ga. 3.63 Health Science
Caitlin Duvall (Georgia College) Sr. Douglasville, Ga. 3.65 Political Science (Spanish)
Tristan Faile (Francis Marion) Jr. Lancaster, S.C. 3.77 Biology (Psychology)
Olivia Ferguson (Francis Marion) Jr. Roanoke, Va. 3.74 Biology
Sarah Fuller (Lander) So. Elberton, Ga. 3.34 Athletic Training
Katie Garrett (North Georgia) So. Statham, Ga. 3.31 Business Management
Kristen Hobbs (UNC Pembroke) Sr. Granite Falls, N.C. 3.33 Physical Education
Natalie Klemann (UNC Pembroke) So. Apex, N.C. 3.59 Criminal Justice
Brittney Sheriff (Lander) Jr. Belton, S.C. 3.41 Nursing
Kellie Van Dyke (UNC Pembroke) Jr. Salisbury, Md. 3.65 Criminal Justice & Sociology
Erin Vick (Ga. Southwestern) So. Thomasville, Ga. 3.44 Exercise Science
Lauren Wilcox (Armstrong) So. Hazlehurst, Ga. 3.62 Biology