AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) recently released the 2013 Softball All-Academic team as senior Natalie Bellantoni (Oviedo, Fla.) and sophomore Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.) of the Georgia College softball team (37-17) each earned honorable mentions. This is the third year in a row that Georgia College has had representatives on the PBC All-Academic team.
Bellantoni spent two years with the Bobcats after transferring from St. Petersburg College. The psychology major started every game at shortstop during that period, providing great defense. Humphries has appeared in 91 games in her first two years with the Bobcats, the Biology major was tied for second in home runs during the 2013 season (3) and finished third in slugging percentage (.446). Bellantoni finished with a GPA of 3.46 while Humphries currently holds a 3.60.
The teams are part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The PBC Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.
In the five years that the PBC has awarded All-Academic teams, GC softball has had 10 players earn a spot.
The Bobcats finished the 2013 season with the fourth most wins in program history, ending with a 37-17 record. They finished second in the PBC during the regular season and advanced to the championship round in the conference tournament. They also made it to their first NCAA regional tournament since 2009. Senior Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.), junior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) and freshman Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) earned All-PBC honors, with Gallucci and Okvist both earning All-Region honors as well.
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