LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Six Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) softball teams earned Easton/NFCA Division III All-Academic Team honors as announced by the organization on Tuesday.
Leading the SCIAC was the Redlands softball team with a collective GPA of 3.404. Pomona-Pitzer followed with a team GPA of 3.39, just ahead of La Verne (3.37) and Chapman (3.368). The Cal Lutheran and Whittier softball squads rounded out the list which included 125 NCAA Division III institutions with respective GPAs of 3.29 and 3.12.
The Leopards won the 2017 regular season and conference tournament championships en route to a 31-14 overall record and a 20-8 mark in SCIAC action. La Verne then fell to Texas-Tyler and Texas Lutheran in the NCAA Regionals.
Upper Iowa University (NCAA Division II) posted the top college GPA with a 3.813, while Byron Nelson (Texas) High School (4.916), for the fourth consecutive year, and Trenton (Mich.) High School (3.858), led the high school weighted and unweighted categories, respectively.
The rankings recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across seven membership divisions. Garnering the highest GPA in the other college divisions were Western Carolina University (NCAA Division I - 3.673), Newberry College (NCAA Division III - 3.675), Siena Heights University (NAIA - 3.780) and College of Southern Idaho (Junior College – 3.686). It marked the second straight year for Newberry and Siena Heights, while Southern Idaho returns to No. 1, a spot it held in 2014-15.