Softball trio named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Saint Anselm College softball team had three student-athletes earn National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2016-17 season, with Amanda Bickford, Madison Borrelli and Sam Hennequin receiving the accolade as announced earlier this week.

In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have a 3.50 GPA or higher. Across seven membership levels of the NFCA, a record 7,351 softball players earned the accolade in 2016-17, including 1,268 Division II student-athletes.

Bickford, a current senior majoring in forensic science and criminal justice, was also named to the Saint Anselm Dean's List and Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll in both semesters in 2016-17. On the field in 2017, she was Saint Anselm's first NFCA All-East Region First Team selection since 2000, the program's first First Team All-Northeast-10 Conference pick since 2005 and a D2CCA All-East Region Second Team choice after posting the highest batting average (.395) at Saint Anselm since 1999 (min. 75 at-bats).

Now a sophomore whose major is undeclared, Borrelli was on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in each of her first two collegiate semesters last year and was named to the Saint Anselm Dean's List in the spring. She played in 20 games as a freshman, including a two-hit performance with an RBI against Le Moyne on NE10 Championship weekend.

Hennequin graduated in May after as a natural sciences major and was a Saint Anselm Dean's List and NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll honoree in six different semesters on the Hilltop. In her senior season of 2017, Hennequin was a Second Team All-NE10 selection after going 13-6 with a 2.52 ERA while leading the conference in strikeouts per seven innings (7.41).

Saint Anselm finished 2017 with an 18-16 record, including a 16-8 mark in the NE10, and made its fourth appearance in the NE10 Championship in the last five seasons.