Oct. 3, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A pair of University of Notre Dame softball players were selected as National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-America Scholar-Athletes for the 2013-14 academic year, the NFCA announced earlier this week.
Then senior outfielder and 2014 graduate Monica Torres and current sophomore infielder Kimmy Sullivan earned All-America scholar-athlete status, running Notre Dame’s total to five All-America scholar-athlete honorees in the past two years.
The award is given to players nominated by an NFCA member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the academic year. More than 4,500 players from seven different NCAA and high school divisions received 2013-14 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete distinction.
Torres, now a two-time NFCA Division I All-America Scholar-Athlete after previously being recognized in 2012-13, graduated from Notre Dame in May as a three-time BIG EAST Conference Academic All-Star and a 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Honor Roll recipient. Torres also received the Notre Dame Athletics Community Champion Award and the Francis Patrick O’Connor Award at the end of her senior campaign, in which she batted a career-high .286 and added four stolen bases and scored 15 runs.
Sullivan was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in her first collegiate season after appearing in 21 games (six starts) as a true freshman in 2014. She batted .222 with two doubles, five RBI and five runs scored in only 27 at-bats, with four of her five RBI coming with two outs. Sullivan added 23 putouts and three assists at first base.
The Notre Dame softball team closes its 2014 fall schedule on Oct. 12, welcoming Loyola at noon (ET) and Butler at 4:30 p.m. to Melissa Cook Stadium. Admission to both games is free and open to the public.
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— Tony Jones, Media Relations Assistant