By Brian Savard
TOWSON, MD. – Junior utility player Shayna Burgess from the State University of New York at New Paltz has been selected to the 2014 Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District III Softball Team for NCAA Division III, as announced by CoSIDA. The award honors the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
By virtue of earning the distinction, Burgess’ name will move on to the ballot for Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration, and the Academic All-America teams will be announced later this month.
Burgess, a team co-captain, has shown exemplary success both in the classroom and on the field. She is a communication disorders major, and through the fall 2013 semester, she has fashioned a 3.81 GPA. Also a force on the field, she leads the team in batting average (.390), runs scored (25), hits (41), doubles (11), triples (5), slugging percentage (.619), stolen bases (11), hit by pitches (17) and on-base percentage (.484). Burgess, who has been hit by a pitch 44 different times during her three-year career with the Hawks, leads Division III in hit by pitches per game (0.53). Defensively, she has shined with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 135 total chances (113 putouts and 22 assists), competing as a center fielder and a catcher.
Carrie Stoddard from SUNY Cortland was the only other State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) representative on the list, earning the honor at District III’s one designated player spot.
New Paltz went 10-24 overall (7-11 SUNYAC) in 2014, and it qualified for the SUNYAC Tournament for the second year in a row.