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NSU softball players excel in classroom
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Four Northwestern State Lady Demon softball players were named to the Southland Conference's All-Academic Softball Teams including first team selections Brittany Virgoe and Tara McKenney, the league announced Wednesday.

Seniors Kaylee Guidry and Cali Burke were named to the second team all-academic squad.

Northwestern State's quartet placed the program in a tie with Stephen F. Austin for second in number of athletes on the squads. The two trailed McNeese State by just one spot.

For McKenney, it is her third all-academic selection. The senior from Red Oak, Texas posted a 3.41 GPA in communications to go along with her team-leading .392 average in 50 games played. The shortshop also tallied a team-best 69 hits as an integral part of the Southland Conference championship squad.

Virgoe and Burke made their second career appearances on the squads posting a 3.78 in nursing/psychology and 3.36 GPA in psychology and addiction studies respectively. In addition to meeting the requirements to qualify for the list, Burke solidified her name as an automatic selection by also being a first-team all-conference selection. On the diamond, the second baseman started 51 games hitting .341 and driving in 31 runs.

For Virgoe, the award comes after a stellar season that saw the junior third baseman from Anaheim, Calif. hit .331 over 51 starts. She finished the season tied for first amongst Lady Demon players in doubles (10) and second in hits (55).

Guidry made her first appearance on the list following a terrific 3.30 GPA while working towards her degree in communications. On the mound for the Lady Demons, the Walker, La. native earned an equally impressive 3.71 ERA over 106.2 innings pitched while capturing 12 wins.

Head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland institution vote on the all-academic teams. To qualify, student-athletes must possess a 3.20 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at her university and participate in 50 percent of the team's competition.

The awards follow an exceptional season for a program that secured 30 wins and won the Southland Conference Tournament advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.​
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