Pioneers sport second-most NFCA scholar-athlete selections from NWC

Pioneers sport second-most NFCA scholar-athlete selections from NWC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers turned out the second-most Northwest Conference softball student-athletes on the most recent Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athletes list, the organization announced on Tuesday.

Graduated senior Kalin Rooney, returning senior Ateisha Norton and returning junior Holly Hale were repeat selections while returning junior Emily Drevdahl and returning sophomores Lisa Kumasaka and Savannah Dickson were selected for the first time.

Lewis & Clark's six selections were second only to Pacific Lutheran on the list. To make the list, honorees must have a 3.5 grade-point average or higher. Over 7,000 collegiate student-athletes were chosen and 1,268 came from NCAA Division III.

Norton is a three-time honoree who made the Dean's List in both semesters during the 2016-17 academic year. Through her junior season, the Psychology major hit .284 with 20 extra-base hits.

Earning her second-straight selection, Rooney was seventh in the NWC in earned-run average after finishing her senior season with a career-low 2.95 while pitching a career-high 95 innings. She graduated in May with a degree in Economics. Hale is also a back-to-back choice on the list after appearing in 17 games last season. From Montana, the Biochemistry major made the Dean's List both semesters during her sophomore season and also became a Certified Peer Educator (Bacchus Network), which will allow her to serve as a student-athlete mentor

Drevdahl was the Lewis & Clark Female Rookie of the Year as a freshman when she was also selected All-NWC. The International Affairs major led the team in doubles last season over 32 games. Kumasaka was the 2017 Female Rookie of the Year and led the NWC in stolen bases periodically throughout her freshman season, ultimately finishing second by one. A Biology major, Kumasaka made the Fall 2016 Dean's List and hit .298 during the season. She is considering pursuing veterinary medicine as a career. Dickson went 2-6 in her first year pitching and had 19 strikeouts. Originally from Portland, Dickson was also a Fall 2016 Dean's List qualifier and volunteered as a coach for a local club softball team this past summer.

Lewis & Clark recently concluded fall practice with the spring season set to begin in February.

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