COLUMBUS, Ga. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Wednesday morning that the Spring Hill College softball team placed four student-athletes on the 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete list as Raleigh Downs, Elise deBruler, Taylor Lahasky, and Taylor Webre each earned the honor.
Raleigh Downs, a senior second baseman from Booneville, Miss., is a graphic design major who hit .238 on the year with 32 walks, seven doubles, a home run and 25 RBI. She started all 56 Badger games this season and held a .971 fielding percentage with four double plays.
Elise deBruler is a junior first baseman from Luling, La., who majors in pre-health. She hit .210 with six doubles and 18 RBI. In the field, she started all 56 games and committed just one error in 270 chances for a .996 fielding percentage as a part of three double plays. She is currently tied with Downs for the SHC career record in walks with 65 free passes.
Right fielder Taylor Lahasky from New Iberia, La., majors in biology and hit .231 on the year with eight doubles, a home run and 22 RBI. She started in 53 of 54 game played with a .933 fielding percentage including two assists from the outfield.
Junior centerfielder Taylor Webre is a finance major from Luling. She hit .248 on the season with six doubles, two triples, three home runs and 23 RBI. Webre scored 23 runs and was 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts. She started all 56 games this year with a .938 fielding percentage and three outfield assists.
Since the award was introduced in 1979, a total of 180 SHC student-athletes have received Scholar Athlete recognition from the NAIA.
This year the NAIA named a total of 297 softball players as 2014 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.