Nine tabbed scholar athletes by NFCA

© 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
© 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Nine members of the McDaniel softball team have been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) scholar-athlete team for the 2011 season, announced on Monday.

Meagan Elfert (Finksburg, Md./Westminster), class of 2011, started all 40 games and finished the season with a .220 batting average.

Rising seniors Jordan Beans (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) and Erinne Warrenfeltz (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) were also named to the team. Beans started all but one of the 39 games she played in. She ranked third on the team with 30 hits and led the team with 19 runs batted in. Warrenfeltz started all 39 games in which she played. She rapped out 32 hits and drove in 15 runs.

Rising junior Leigh Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North (N.J.)) also made the list. Blohm started all 28 in which she played and was fifth on the team with a field percentage of .973.

Rising sophomores Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll), Jasmine McCormick (Antioch, Calif./Holy Name), Laura Mertz (Gillette, N.J./Watchung Hills) and Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) earned the scholar-athlete tab. Maring started eight of her 17 games played, had one home run and five runs batted in. McCormick played in 11 games and finished the season with a .250 batting average. Mertz started nine of 16 games. Sidney started 33 of the 35 games in which she appeared. She led the team with 36 hits and nine stolen bases, finishing the season with .333 batting average.

Rising sophomore Caroline Bramble (Easton, Md./Easton) rounds out the group of nine but missed the entire 2011 season with injury.

To qualify for the NFCA scholar-athlete team, a player must achieve a 3.5 or better GPA on a 4.0 scale.

As a team, the Green Terror, who finished 2011 at 14-26 (4-12 CC), was one of 111 teams to be honored, ranking 71st with a 3.259 team GPA.