LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Furman, Mercer and Western Carolina were honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as a 2017-18 Easton/NFCA Academic Team for their excellence in the classroom.
Mercer, the highest Southern Conference school on the list, was slated 25th with a 3.516 team GPA. Western Carolina was right behind in 29th with a team GPA of 2.516. Furman was the third SoCon team recognized, recording a 3.290 GPA as a squad.
Grand Canyon led Division I with a 3.790 GPA.
The 2017-18 Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar-Athletes were also announced and 27 SoCon student-athletes were recognized. Western Carolina placed 10 members on the team. Mercer followed with nine and Furman placed eight.
The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across the Association’s membership categories. NCAA Division III led the way with 1,600 student-athletes earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for 2017-18. NCAA Division I and Division II followed with 1,311 and 1,026 honorees. High School weighted and High School unweighted earned 743 and 589 distinctions. Two-year colleges amassed 553 recipients and NAIA totaled 456.