Two days after being named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team and helping lead the team to its first playoff victory in three years, Merrimack College softball senior outfielder Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, Mass.) has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 Division II team, as announced by the association Thursday.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District program recognizes student-athletes from across the country to have excelled on the field of play and in the classroom. To be eligible for recognition, student-athletes must be of sophomore status or higher at their respective institutions and own cumulative grade-point averages (GPA) of 3.30 or higher.
Fugazzotto cleared that academic requirement by a longshot, owning a 3.91 cumulative GPA heading into the spring semester as a Psychology major at Merrimack. While dominating in the classroom, she still maintained the ability to put up incredible numbers on the diamond to earn a spot among the nation’s most-talented and academically proficient student-athletes.
“Jess has matured immensely as a hitter, player and leader while excelling academically,” head coach Jim Cardello mentioned. “I am so proud of her earning this deserved honor.”
A 2013 NE-10 All-Conference First Team and 2014 Second Team selection, Fugazzotto has been even better a senior, ranking second among the team’s starters with a .371 batting average. In 105 at-bats, she has knocked in a team-leading 39 hits, tallied four doubles, driven in nine runs and, more importantly, has scored a team-best 43 runs herself. Fugazzotto has been deadly on the base paths as well, ranking third in the conference with 13 stolen bases in 17 attempts.
For earning a spot on the all-district team, Fugazzotto earns a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-American ballot, which will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Fugazzotto and the rest of the Warriors will now turn their sights to an NE-10 Quarterfinal matchup against reigning league champion Adelphi tomorrow (May 2) afternoon. First pitch against the Panthers is set for 1 p.m. at the University of New Haven.