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Five Lady Demons awarded for scholastic success
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Five members of the Northwestern State softball team earned Southland Conference All-Academic honors for the 2013 season, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Senior Kylie Roos and juniors Tara McKenney and Brianna Rodriguez earned First Team honors, followed by Brittany Virgoe and Cali Burke garnering Second Team selections.

Second Team All-Southland honoree Roos finished the season 17-5 in the circle, bringing her total career wins to 50, ranking fifth all-time at NSU. Her .772 winning percentage in 2013 ranks third in the season ledger, and her eight shutouts sits fifth.

The utility player finished her career fourth in strikeouts (465) and innings pitched (545.2).

McKenney makes a return appearance to the All-Academic team after garnering similar honors in 2012. The Red Oak, Texas native also earned Second Team All-SLC for the second year in a row as she led the team with a .363 average and made marks in both record books at NSU.

In the individual season book, McKenney ranks second in triples (7) and tied for fifth in runs scored (41). Overall, the junior has collected 11 triples, sitting fourth in the all-time rankings.

McKenney recorded the longest hitting streak for the Lady Demons, putting the ball into play 13 games in a row beginning on 4/14 at Stephen F. Austin and ending 5/11 against Sam Houston State.

Rodriguez received an automatic selection after collecting a First Team All-Conference spot earlier this season as she led the team and the league with 20 doubles, and ranks second in the program's individual season record book. The Rowlett, Texas, native also led with 46 RBI, another season record, ranking third, just ahead of sophomore Cassandra Barefield with 45 this season.

Rodriguez also made her way into the career book with 999 putouts in her three seasons as a Lady Demon, ranking third all-time. She hit safely in 12 straight games this year, beginning on 2/20 at Alcorn and ending on 3/5 at Southern.

Burke and Virgoe fill slots for second and third base on the Second Team.

Burke made her efforts count when they were most needed, including the eventual game-winning RBI single in the SLC tournament championship game. She finished 2013 with a .305 average, 46 hits and 19 RBI.

Virgoe recorded a 12-game hitting streak at one point, landing her a spot on the All-SLC Second Team. The third baseman finished the 2013 season with a .335 average notching 61 hits, including eight home runs and 34 RBI.

NSU held the second-largest number of members on the All-Academic teams with five, sitting just behind Sam Houston State with six.

The All-Academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed on full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the All-Academic squad.
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