The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Tuesday that Spring Hill College softball 1st baseman Jenny Laird has been named to the 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete team.
Laird, a senior biology major from Mobile's Baker High School, started all 46 games that the Badgers played this season while building a .264 batting average with eight doubles, two homeruns and 24 RBI. She led SHC with 36 walks and an on-base percentage of .461. In the field, Laird held a .977 fielding percentage and was the tail on six double plays.
Since the award was introduced in 1979, a total of 144 SHC student-athletes have received Scholar Athlete recognition from the NAIA.
This year a total of 308 softball players were named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.