NEWS RELEASE: Softball Places 3rd On Division II NFCA All-Academic Ranks

The Pace University Softball team ranked third on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II All-Academic Team for the 2011-12 academic year. The Setters posted a team GPA for 3.527, which was also the top GPA among the Northeast-10 Conference schools. The top school in the country was Grand Canyon University with a 3.600 mark and marked the second year in a row the Setters were ranked among the top academic softball programs in the country.

Pace is #1 Among Northeast-10 Conference Schools

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- The Pace University Softball team ranked third on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II All-Academic Team for the 2011-12 academic year. The Setters posted a team GPA for 3.527, which was also the top GPA among the Northeast-10 Conference schools. The top school in the country was Grand Canyon University with a 3.600 mark.

This is the second year in a row that the Setters have been ranked in the top-25 in the nation also the second consecutive season that their team GPA was first among the NE-10 schools. Education major and catcher Lauren Bell (New Windsor, NY/Newburgh Free) posted a 3.93 GPA for the 2011-12 year and finished her collegiate career with a 3.65 cum GPA. Pitcher and first baseman Chelsea Shea (Babylon, NY/West Babylon) had a 3.820 GPA for the year, while Criminal Justice major and designated player and first baseman Natalie Gellos (Seattle, WA/Holy Names Academy) posted a 3.77 GPA.

The Setters saw success on the field in 2012 as they ranked in the top-5 in in the NE-10 in runs, homeruns, RBI’s, batting average, slugging and doubles. Pace had four players named to the NE-10 All-Conference teams led by Bell who was named to the Third Team. Gellos along with fellow freshmen, Hana Wright ((Hillsboro, OR/Valley Catholic) and Jeane Drury (Flanders, NJ/Morris Catholic) were selected to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team.

Bell wrapped up her outstanding four-year career as she finished her 2012 season with a .333 batting average with six homeruns, two grand slams, along with six doubles and 23 RBI’s for the year. She finished her career in the top-10 in school history every major offensive category as she posted a career .368 batting average, good for fifth place.

Gellos posted a standout season in her first year in a Pace uniform as she was second on the team with a .351 batting average. She finished tied for ninth in the NE-10 in doubles this season. She also drove in 26 runs, hit three homeruns and was second on the team with 30 runs scored this season. Wright had a record-setting season for Pace as a freshman, playing primarily at catcher this year. She tied the school single season homerun mark as she finished with a team-best 10 homeruns in 2012. She also led the team with 39 RBI’s as she finished fifth on Pace’s single season record list. She ranked fourth in the NE-10 in RBI’s and was seventh in homeruns. Drury was an outstanding all-around performer for the Setters this season as she finished third on the team with a .333 batting average and ranked eighth in the NE-10 with nine homeruns.

Pace looks to make a big impact on field as they did in the classroom in 2013. The Setters open their spring season on March 1, 2013 as they travel to Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC.

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