LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Saint Anselm College softball team had four selections to the Easton / National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete list, capping off an outstanding 2018 season on the field and in the classroom.
Amanda Bickford '18, junior Madison Borrelli (Salem, N.H.), junior Kaleigh Scoville (Scarborough, Maine) and sophomore Abbie Murrell (Scarborough, Maine) each recorded a grade-point average above 3.5, earning placement on the list that included a total of 1,026 honorees from programs across the country.
The Hawks finished the season as the national runners-up, the best finish by a team in school history. Saint Anselm set a school record with 44 victories in 2018 and finished the season ranked No. 2 by the NFCA after posting three wins against nationally-ranked teams in its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Softball Championship in Salem, Va.
Bickford had a historic offensive season for Saint Anselm, earning placement on the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after picking up NFCA All-East Region First Team merits. The team captain posted a .406 batting average, starting all 58 games, while leading the Northeast-10 Conference in hits (88) and doubles (16). She also finished her career as the program's all-time hits leader with 237 across a four-year career.
Borrelli played in 45 games as a sophomore for the Hawks, drawing a team-high 27 walks while ranking third in the conference in that statistic. The NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete pick in 2017 has picked up a plethora of academic awards in her career, including NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll honors on three occasions.
Scoville played in 24 games as a sophomore, earning four starts. She also appeared as a pinch runner during the NCAA Division II Softball Championship and handled 16 chances at first base throughout the season without an error. Like Borrelli, Scoville has earned placement on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll throughout her academic career.
Murrell played in 13 games for Saint Anselm, earning three starts in the circle as a rookie. Posting a 2.92 earned-run average, Murrell struck out a season-high five batters and allowed just one run in a complete game 2-1 victory over Bentley on Apr. 21. She also threw 2.2 innings against No. 8 Southern Arkansas in the NCAA Division II Softball Championship.