The Shawnee State baseball and softball programs combined to put six players on the Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes on Wednesday afternoon.
Brianna Brewster (JR/Springboro, Ohio), Kayla Koch (JR/Lucasville, Ohio), Miranda Melvin (SR/Oak Hill, Ohio) and Miranda Pauley (SR/Portsmouth, Ohio) all qualified for the NAIA’s highest academic honor this past season. All four players, three of whom were seniors for the softball team this year, achieved cumulative GPAs over 3.5 over their academic careers to qualify for the awards.
The four Scholar-Athletes in a single season is a new program record for Shawnee State softball, eclipsing the three that won the award in 1997, 2004, and 2016. The achievement comes after the 2017 Bears also set a program record for number of athletes named Mid-South Conference All-Academic, with nine Bears earning that honor.
“I am extremely proud of our four NAIA Scholar-Athletes,” said Shawnee State head coach Steve Whittaker. “Having four players earn the award shows how much we have improved as a program over the last two years.”
The Shawnee State softball program will find out if they had any players named to the NAIA’s All-American team after the conclusion of the NAIA Softball World Series.
JT Boggs (JR/South Shore, Ky.) and Casey Claflin (JR/Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) earned the Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete award for the 2017 baseball season on Wednesday.
Boggs and Claflin earned the award by being academic juniors and maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA over the course of their academic careers at Shawnee State. Boggs earned a Mid-South Conference All-Academic award last season as a sophomore, and both Boggs and Claflin were named to the All-Academic squad this season.
The two juniors joined a list of nine players named All-Academic for the 2017 season, which is a Shawnee State baseball program record. The previous record was eight, set in 2014. The two NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards tie the most in a single season, set in 2002, 2009 and 2016.
“We are immensely proud of JT and Casey for earning the NAIA Scholar-Athlete award,” said head baseball coach Chris Moore. “It is yet another indication of how strong our program is academically. Our academic growth as a team is helping to prepare our players for life outside of baseball and Shawnee State, and I couldn’t be prouder of us.”
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