Three Eagles Softballers Net Academic All-District Honors

Three Eagles Softballers Net Academic All-District Honors

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Three University of Southern Indiana Softball players have been named to the Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV team in a vote by the region’s sports information directors.

Earning the honor and advancing to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration is senior outfielder/pitcher Caitlyn Bradley (Forest, Indiana), senior second baseman Claire Johnson (Pittsboro, Indiana) and junior pitcher Jennifer Leonhardt (Louisville, Kentucky).

Bradley and Leonhardt are earning Academic All-District honors for the first time, while Johnson has been named Academic All-District IV for the second straight year.

To be eligible for the Academic All-America program, student athletes must have a 3.3 cumulative grade point average, be in the second year of competition with the school and be a key starter/reserve on the team.

Bradley, a double major in exercise science and kinesiology, recently graduated magna cume laude with a 3.920 grade point average. She finished the year with a .297 batting average, four triples and two home runs to go along with a team-high 12 doubles and 36 RBI.

Johnson, who has a 3.843 GPA as a kinesiology major at USI, finished the 2019 season with a team-best .363 batting average, 47 runs scored, five triples, 27 walks, .471 on-base percentage and .560 slugging percentage. She also had 11 doubles, four home runs, and was hit by a pitch a team-high 10 times.

Both Johnson and Leonhardt were selected to a pair of All-Midwest Region first teams (NFCA and D2CCA), while Leonhardt was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Leonhardt, who has a 3.764 GPA as a biology, finished the year with a 21-9 overall record, four saves, a GLVC-best 1.29 ERA, 243 strikeouts and a .187 opponent batting average. She tossed two complete-game shutouts in the NCAA II Midwest Region #1 Tournament, bringing her single-season total to a school-record tying 13 as well as her career mark to a school-record tying 33. She also holds the school record for career strikeouts (705) and wins (76).

USI finished the year with a 35-21 overall record and a 19-7 mark in GLVC play. The Screaming Eagles advanced to the NCAA II Midwest Region Tournament for the fifth straight year and the sixth time in seven seasons before falling to Grand Valley State University in the championship round of the NCAA II Midwest Region #1 Tournament.

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