Monday, July 17, 2017

Junior shortstop Haley Pace is Conference USA’s Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The C-USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport, determined by the league’s 14 faculty athletic representatives. The award is based on academic achievement, athletic achievement and service.

Pace, who earned first team College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic all-America honors, this spring, broke Charlotte’s single-season records for batting average (.433), slugging percentage (.487), runs scored (53), home runs (15) and tied the record for hits (71).  She was named first team all-Conference USA and second team NFCA All-Mideast Region.

Pace has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA as an accounting major. She was a third-team CoSIDA Academic all-America in 2016. This year, she became the first 49ers softball player to earn multiple Academic all-America honors, and the first to be named first team Academic all-America. Lexi Betancourt (2016) and Tiffany Howard (1998) join Pace as the other softball players at Charlotte to make the Academic All-America Team.

She was also named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District III softball team and to the 2017 Conference USA All-Academic Team.