Morgan McElroyLOUISVILLE, Ky. (10/31/17) — Madisonville-North Hopkins High School graduate Morgan McElroy was one of eight WKU Softball student-athletes owning cumulative GPAs at 3.50 or better who were named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes earlier in the month. Along with McElroy, who is a sophomore, Cassidy Blackford, Paige Carter, Taylor Childress, Kathryn Downing, Jordan Mauch, Kelsey McGuffin and Taylor Proctor were honored. In total, 7,351 softball players across the seven membership divisions earned honors for the 2016-17 academic year.

NCAA Division I led the way with 1,843 student-athletes earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher, while 1,825 in Division III garnered recognition followed by 1,268 Division II student-athletes. High School weighted and High School unweighted posted 751 and 609 honorees apiece. NAIA amassed 559 recipients and Junior College totaled 496.

McElroy earned the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal and claimed a spot on the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. During the 2017 season, McElroy started 57 games and played in two more contests, mainly at second base. McElroy delivered 20 hits and 16 runs scored while amassing a .973 fielding percentage with just seven errors against 172 putouts and 79 assists defensively.

McElroy played three years at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School. She appeared in 114 games during her prep career, registering 126 hits, 26 doubles, 77 RBI and 100 runs. McElroy hit .383 in 2015 with a .430 on-base percentage. She recorded 229 putouts over her high school career and was named to the Kentucky All-Stars West Junior Team in 2015.

With eight honorees this year, half of the 2016-17 Western Kentucky University softball squad earned recognition.

 

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