Schwark Receives CoSIDA Academic All-District Recognition
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State softball player Jenna Schwark has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. The junior infielder now advances to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration, which will be released later in May.
Schwark, an accounting major who maintains a 3.54 GPA, becomes the 11th MSU softball player to earn all-district recognition from CoSIDA and the first Bear to receive the honor since 2006, when both Samantha Fleeman and Katie Martin earned all-district nods.
After starting the 2010 campaign by registering hits in each of Missouri State's first six contests, the Broken Arrow, Okla., product has been the Bears' top hitter throughout the course of the season. She has played a key role in MSU's recent offensive outburst, recording hits in seven of the Bears' last nine games and going 5-of-14 (.357) with five runs scored and five more driven-in over four outings last week to help lock up MSU's sixth straight appearance in the MVC Softball Championship.
Schwark leads Missouri State and ranks seventh in the MVC in overall batting (.341) and also rates among the league's top 10 individuals in hits (45) and on-base percentage (.431). She is second on the team in hits, runs scored (24), RBIs (20) and multi-hit games (12) and paces the squad with 18 walks and 65 total bases.
Schwark ranks as the toughest Valley player to strike-out this season, fanning just one time for every 16.5 at-bats and saw her streak of 29 straight at-bats without a strikeout come to an end in the first inning of last Saturday's series opener with Indiana State. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native ranks as the 44th toughest Division I player to strikeout coming into the week and has fanned just one time in the Bears' last 15 games dating back to April 10. Schwark has gone down on strikes just three times in 60 Valley at-bats and eight times overall this season.
Schwark posted her 100th career hit with a fifth-inning single March 30 against 12th-ranked Oklahoma State to become the 34th Bear to eclipse the century mark for hits.
To be considered for All-District and All-America honors, student-athletes must be starters or important reserves on their respective squads with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her academic institution. They must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games or have pitched in at least 10.0 innings.
Schwark was previously honored for her work in the classroom with her selection to the MVC's Honor Roll in both 2008 and 2009. Additionally, she was one of 30 Missouri State student-athletes to receive the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award from the Valley last spring.