Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University
FLORENCE, SC – Three seniors on the Francis Marion University softball team were among 18 players recently named to the 2010 Peach Belt Conference Softball All-Academic Team: third baseman Kat Beauvais, left-handed pitcher Michaela Wolf, and leftfielder Jessica Birchmeier.
Beauvais and Wolf were named to the first team, while Birchmeier was a second-team selection. All three were also named to the 2009 squad as juniors. The trio graduated earlier this month: Beauvais with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (cum laude), Wolf with a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude), and Birchmeier with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; have achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and completed at least one full academic year at her current institution.
Francis Marion finished its season with a 36-16 mark and made its second NCAA Tournament appearance in the past three years, finishing second at the Dahlonega (Ga.) Regional.
Beauvais, a native of Manassas, Va., has a 3.64 GPA as a management major. She batted .322 with 44 runs scored, nine doubles, two home runs, and 25 runs batted in. While manning the Patriots' lead-off position in the batting order, she compiled a .401 on-base percentage and was 16-of-18 in stolen bases.
Wolf, a native of Littleton, Colo., has a 3.58 GPA as a mass communications major. She posted a 22-9 pitching record with one save and a 2.13 earned run average this spring. She fanned 172 batters in 197.1 innings, while walking only 47. At the plate, Wolf hit a team-leading .395 with eight doubles, four home runs, 34 RBIs, and a .521 on-base percentage – which ranks second in the PBC.
Birchmeier, a native of Port Richey, Fla., is an accounting major and has compiled a 3.41 GPA. Last season, she batted .282 with 30 runs scored, nine doubles, four homers, and 32 RBIs.