CHICAGO – The Saint Xavier University softball team was well represented Wednesday when the NAIA national office released its list of 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes. Senior pitcher Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community), senior catcher/first baseman Ariel Hinton (Crawfordsville, Ind./Crawfordsville), junior outfielder Holly Hilden (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere North) and junior catcher Alex Bahner (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) all earned the academic distinction along with 293 other NAIA softball student-athletes from around the nation. In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved a junior academic status.
"Academics have always come first in our program and I am so incredibly proud of these four young women for believing in that philosophy," said SXU softball coach Myra Minuskin. "They are true student-athletes and have worked extremely hard to find success in both areas."
Saint Xavier had an impressive 2014 season finishing up at 47-9-1 overall and claiming second place in the final Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) standings with a mark of 17-2-1 behind only No. 4 ranked Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). The Cougars also qualified for the NAIA Opening Round Tournament for the second straight season.
Click here to view the entire list of 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes