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Softball Sees Seven Student-Athletes Earn 2016-17 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Honors

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University softball team's attention to academics was well documented on Oct. 10, as seven players received National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2016-17 academic year.

The seven Cardinals, who were named to the 1,825-person, NCAA Division III squad, include Jo Jo Diaz, Jamie Hom, Erica Horowitz, Izzy Linzer, Julie McDonald, Rielly Wieners and Estella Zeng, as all the individuals earned a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Wieners was sensational during her junior campaign, leading the team in batting average (.351), slugging percentage (.577), RBIs (22) and home runs (five).

Linzer led the Cardinals with 23 runs scored, 13 stolen bases and four triples during the 2017 season, and Hom compiled a .300 batting average and 33 hits, while compiling eight doubles, which was tied for the most on the squad.

McDonald was strong at the plate throughout the season for the Cardinals, batting .336, which was good for the third-best mark on Wesleyan. She also led the group with 36 hits and checked in at No. 2 in runs scored (19), and fourth in slugging percentage (.439) and on-base percentage (.400).

Diaz received valuable experience during her rookie season, appearing in nine games and scoring three runs, while Horowitz appeared in 16 games and made 10 starts. Zeng took the field in 21 games last spring, finishing with a trio of runs.