LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A pair of Mary Baldwin University softball players were named to the 2019 Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athlete listing, which was recently released by the NFCA.
Alli Bascunan and Lindsay Simmons were each included in a listing of softball players from around the country that honors student-athletes who completed the 2018-19 academic year with at least a 3.5 GPA.
Bascunan, a native of Kenbridge, Virginia, finished her playing career with the Fighting Squirrels last season with a career batting average of .267 with two home runs, 39 RBI and 25 runs scored. Earlier this year, Bascunan earned USA South academic all-conference honors with distinction and was named an MBU Scholar-Athlete. In addition, she was selected as Mary Baldwin's NCAA Woman of the Year candidate. This is the second year in a row she has earned the honor from the NFCA. Since finishing her undergraduate degree, Bascunan has been named the softball graduate assistant coach for this season.
Simmons, hailing from Mount Sidney, Virginia, finished her freshman campaign with a .270 batting average with two home runs, 10 RBI, a triple and 18 runs scored. She also claimed USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Week honors earlier last season after tossing 4.1 shutout innings with four strikeouts and just two hits against Randolph, earning her first career save.
This is the fifth consecutive year at least one member of the Fighting Squirrels softball program has been featured on the academic listing.
Overall, the USA South saw 68 of its student-athletes achieve All-America Scholar-Athlete status across 10 programs.
Over 8,000 student-athletes (8,161) were named 2019 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes. 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.