Seven FMU softball players earn NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors

Seven FMU softball players earn NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors

Seven members of the 2017 Francis Marion University softball team – outfielders Briana Barzola, Morgan Elliott, and Caroline Heaton, designated hitter Shania Domingue, shortstop Taylor Johnson, catcher Chelsea Welty, and right-handed pitcher Sydney Holland – have been named to the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Scholar-Athlete Team that was announced this week. 

Barzola earns the honor for the fourth consecutive year, while Welty was also a 2016 selection.

The seven were among 1,268 players honored at the NCAA Division II level.  Over the past seven seasons, Patriot athletes have earned this recognition on 34 occasions.

Barzola, a native of West Linn, Ore., earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing (magna cum laude) in May, and finished with a 3.88 grade point average.

Elliott hails from Nichols, S.C., and posted a 3.73 GPA as a middle level education major, while Heaton (Gaston, SC) compiled a 3.56 GPA as a biology major.

Domingue is a native of York, S.C., and owns a 3.55 GPA as a biology major, while Johnson is from San Diego, Calif., is a political science major, and has a 3.56 GPA.

Welty, a native of St. Helena, S.C., has recorded a 3.88 GPA as a biology and psychology double major, while Holland hails from Statesville, N.C., is majoring in biology, and has a 3.70 GPA.

All seven were also named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll for 2017.  Barzola, Johnson, and Welty were selected to the 2017 PBC All-Academic Team for softball and each of the three has been inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society.  Barzola, Welty, and Holland have served or are now serving on the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

The group helped lead Francis Marion to a 27-22 record this past spring.  Holland paced the Patriot pitching staff with a 13-13 record and a 2.45 earned run average, while the field players posted the following batting averages: Barzola (.397), Elliott (.333), Domingue (.311), Johnson (.338), and Welty (.321).  Heaton appeared in 16 contests in a variety of roles.