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(Neb.)- Bauer, Lecher Named To RMAC All-Academic First Team

By: Jeremy Anderson Posted at: 04/20/2017 08:16 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS -- Chadron State College softball players Taylor Bauer (Rapid City, S.D.) and Courtney Lecher (Fort Collins, Colo.) were named to the First Team in the annual All-Academic release issued Wednesday by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. In addition, five other softball players were recognized on the conference's honor roll.

The All-Academic First Team members were selected by the conference's sports information directors. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.

All student-athletes who meet those requirements, but were not voted First Team, automatically qualify for the Honor Roll.

Bauer, a senior majoring in elementary education, makes her second consecutive appearance on the All-Academic team, after being selected in 2016. She is batting .257, is tied for the team lead with seven home runs, and leads the Eagles outright with 14 extra base hits, including seven doubles. Bauer leads the team and is 10th in RMAC with 84 fielding assists at third base, and her four sac flies are tied for third in the RMAC.

Also earning her second consecutive All-Academic nod is Courtney Lecher, who carries a 3.789 GPA in psychology. Her 44 hits and 20 runs scored both top the Eagle squad, and she is one of the hardest players in the league to strike out with only 4 punchouts in 138 at bats. She bats .319 on the season and is 7-of-10 on base thefts on the season. Lecher is the all-time leader at CSC for stolen bases.

Both Bauer and Lecher were the only two seniors named to the Academic First Team.

Additional players recognized with honor roll status are sophomore Alyssa Geist (Broomfield, Colo.), senior Zoe Humphries (Arvada, Colo.), senior Lindsey Karlin (Berthoud, Colo.), sophomore Kayla Michel (Brighton, Colo.), and senior Morgan Wilhelm (Littleton, Colo.).

McKenzie Surface, sophomore pitcher for Colorado Mesa University, was named the Academic Player of the Year.


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