FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior outfielder Amber Gaines has been selected to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine® Academic All-District III (College Division) women's softball team.
This awards program is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America, and District III includes Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and North and South Carolina.
Gaines, a native of Garden Grove, Calif., was named to the nine-player second-team All-District squad.
Gaines earned a B.S. degree in psychology at the recent FMU spring commencement ceremony. She concluded her undergraduate work with a 3.93 grade point average and graduated summa cum laude. She plans to attend graduate school and study school psychology.
In addition to playing softball, Gaines is a member of Psi Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Gamma Mu, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies. She participated on the FMU Student Advisory Committee and was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll three times and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll four times. During the summer of 2003, she completed an internship at the Indian Health Service agency in Rockville, Md.
On the playing field this past spring, she batted .220 with 19 runs scored and seven runs batted in. She tallied a .331 on-base percentage and stole eight bases (in nine attempts). She ended her career holding the team’s all-time record for walks (68), and came within three of the FMU career mark for hit-by-pitches.
Last month, Gaines was awarded a $1,000 graduate school scholarship from Pi Gamma Mu, an international honor society for the social sciences.
Gaines, a product of Pacifica High School, is the seventh FMU student-athlete to earn All-District III academic honors this year.