A grand total of over 8,000 student-athletes (8,161), a first in National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) history, were named 2019 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes, the Association announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across the Association's membership categories. NCAA Division III led the way with 1,928 student-athletes earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for 2018-19. NCAA Division I and Division II followed with 1,769 and 1,306 honorees. High School weighted and High School unweighted earned 1,225 and 793 distinctions. NAIA and two-year programs each amassed 570 recipients.
Seven of the eight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) softball teams had student-athletes garner Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete recognition led by Chapman which placed 15 on the list. Redlands followed with 11 representatives, while California Lutheran and Whittier followed with nine selections each. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) added eight, while Occidental and La Verne rounded out the field with six and five respectively.
Additionally, a total of 117 teams from Division III earned above a 2.99 GPA including Chapman (3.344), Whittier (3.270), and La Verne (3.250) from the SCIAC.
2018-19 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes
Cal Lutheran (9)
La Verne (5)