Oct. 14, 2013
STARKVILLE, Miss. - After a successful season on the field and in the classroom, six Fresno State softball players were named to the 2013 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete team that was released earlier this fall.
The group of senior infielder Brooke Ortiz, junior infielder Kelly Megee and catcher/infielder Taylor Green, sophomore pitcher/utility player Hannah Harris and Taylor Langdon and former senior outfielder Diane Runge were selected based on their +3.50 grade point averages for the 2012-13 academic year.
The six-member class tied the largest in Bulldog softball history, and are among 39 Fresno State players that have received similar honors since the 1997-98 school year. Runge and Ortiz are three- and two-time honorees and the 10th and 11th Bulldogs to claim multiple honors.
In addition, Runge and Ortiz were CoSIDA Academic All-District First-Team choices in 2013 and '12, respectively.
Last spring, nine Bulldogs picked up Academic All-Mountain West honors - Harris, Langdon, Megee, Ortiz, Runge, senior catcher/infielder Stesha Brazil and infielder/outfielder Vonnie Martin, junior center fielder Brenna Moss and sophomore infielder Whitney Smith.
Overall in school history, the softball team has racked up 108 academic all-conference honors since it began WAC play in 1993 and MW action in 2013.
Catch the Wave: Looking ahead this fall to on-field action, Fresno State softball fans can catch the team in five fall home exhibition games the next month.
The home slate includes single games at Bulldog Diamond vs. Reedley College (Fri., Oct. 25, 6 p.m.), Fresno City College (Fri., Nov. 1, 6 p.m.) and the College of the Sequoias (Fri., Nov. 8, 6 p.m.), and a doubleheader against San Francisco State and West Valley College (Sat., Nov. 9, 2 / 4 p.m.).
Fresno State NFCA Scholar-Athletes (+3.50 GPA for school year)
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