Three Pitt Softball Players Named to All-ACC Academic Team

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Olivia Gray, Erin Hershman and Maggie Sevilla of the University of Pittsburgh softball team were named to the 2016 softball All-ACC Academic Team, as announced by the league Thursday afternoon.

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The three Panthers join an impressive list of 35 ACC softball student-athletes in receiving this honor. Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

Sevilla, a two-time honoree, graduated from Pitt with a dual-major in psychology and administration of justice. On the field, the San Diego, Calif., native led the team in runs scored (48), hits (60) and doubles (12) and ranked third on the team with a .351 batting average. Sevilla’s play led her to an All-ACC Second Team selection and NFCA Second Team All-Region honors.

Hershman, a first-time selection and communication sciences & disorders major, made her mark at the dish this year for the Panthers batting .415 in ACC play and tied for the team lead in hits during conference action with 27. The sophomore outfielder consistently displayed her speed on the base paths as she led the Panthers with 12 steals. Overall Hershman compiled 53 hits in 145 at-bats including 12 doubles, seven home runs and 31 RBIs.

Gray, who is currently enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at Pitt, earns her first All-ACC Academic selection in her opening year as a Panther. The freshman started in 47 of Pitt’s 52 games, hitting .325 on the season with 38 hits. Gray also recorded nine doubles and four home runs in her first year along with posting 20 RBIs. The Pittsburgh native reached base in 19 straight games and boasted a 13-game hitting streak.

Louisville led all schools with 10 selections to the All-ACC Academic Team, while Maryssa Becker of the Cardinals was named 2016 ACC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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