Softball Leads NAIA With Nine Scholar-Athletes

Four baseball players also recognized

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that Central Methodist University leads all institutions with nine softball players on the 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete list. This marks the third time in the last four years the Eagles have led the nation.

Four members of the Eagle baseball team also were honored as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
For Softball, Central Methodist junior pitcher Aubrey Utley (Trenton, Mo.), senior infielder Brooke Brandt (Sullivan, Mo.), senior outfielder Caitlin Holman (Boonville, Mo.), senior designated player Courtney Dennis (Sierra Vista, Ariz.), junior pitcher Elisabeth Nation (Vandalia, Mo.), senior outfielder Erika Reinagel (Kelso, Mo.), junior infielder Juliette Kein (Burlington, Ill.), junior infielder Megan Robbins (Las Vegas, Nev.) and junior catcher Melanie Wilmsmeyer (New Franklin, Mo.) are among 286 NAIA student-athletes that have been named Scholar-Athletes.
Dennis, Reinagel and Holman earned the honor for the second straight year.
The Eagles tied for the national lead in 2010 with eight before taking the top spot with nine in 2011. The Green and Black were second nationally last year with six.

The NAIA also announce that Central Methodist's Mason Mershon, Jesse Marks, Brian Kingand Alex Hunter are among 266 baseball student-athletes named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Mershon and King are junior infielders from Kansas City and Springfield, Mo., respectively. Marks is a junior infielder from Lebanon, Mo. Hunter is a redshirt junior pitcher from Kansas City.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.


Originally posted May 30, 2013


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