MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
Four Dolphins named to Academic All-Conference Team

Three seniors and one sophomore from the Jacksonville University softball team were named to the Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference Team.  Brittany Eppley, Kayla Ouellet, Amanda Schmidt, and Meagan Balding were those Dolphins that were honored. 

For Eppley, it was her second straight year of receiving the academic honors.  She flourished this season on the mound for the Dolphins with a 7-3 A-Sun record and a 1.52 ERA.  Her 79 strikeouts were most in the conference by a wide margin and helped her be named the All-Conference Second Team.  Eppley posted a 3.43 GPA and graduated this spring with a degree in Nursing. 

Ouellet receives Academic All-Conference honors for a staggering fifth time in her career after redshirting her sophomore year due to injury.  On the field she experienced one of her most successful seasons donning the green and gold.  She led the team with a .342 batting average as well as led the conference and ranked nationally with 32 stolen bases.  She also recorded a team-best 66 hits that were good for second most in the A-Sun.  Ouellet’s accomplishments were good enough to put her on the A-Sun All-Conference Second Team.  Like Eppley, Ouellet graduated this spring with a Nursing degree.

Schmidt, like Ouellet, has been named to the Academic All-Conference Team every year she has been at JU.  A four year starter for the Dolphins, Schmidt had another productive season finishing with the third best batting average at .308 and ranking in second in home runs with five and RBI with 33.  She also led the team with 106 assists at third base.  Schmidt graduated as well with a Nursing degree with an impressive 3.71 GPA.

The only underclassman to earn academic honors for the Dolphins, Balding makes the Academic All-Conference Team for the second straight season.  Balding ranked fifth on the team with a .291 batting average and tied for the fourth most home runs with three.  She is pursuing a degree in Pharmacology and boasts a 3.80 GPA.