Porche receives MVC Scholar-Athlete recognition
Missouri State softball pitcher Melissa Porche capped a standout senior campaign with yet another post-season honor Wednesday (May 21), receiving an honorable mention nod for the Missouri Valley Conference’s Softball Scholar-Athlete squad, as voted by MVC sports information directors.
A Buena Park, Calif., native, Porche tossed 15 complete games in her 17 conference starts this season, striking out 156 hitters in 122.1 innings en route to earning All-MVC first-team honors. She posted double-digit strikeout performances in eight conference games, including a high of 14 against Illinois State, and her MVC strikeout total was second in the Valley. Additionally, Porche’s season total of 288 strikeouts eclipsed Nora Cagwin’s Missouri State single-season record.
Porche, who finished the 2008 season 19-16 in the circle, ranked second overall in the Valley in strikeouts and starts (32), third in saves (6), wins (19), appearances (44), complete games (27) and innings pitched (242.0) and fourth in ERA (2.09), opponent batting average (.213) and shutouts (5). Her save total is currently good for fifth in the nation, while her 8.3 strikeouts per seven innings ranks 36th in all of Division I.
Porche graduated last weekend from Missouri State with a degree in psychology after maintaining a 3.17 cumulative GPA.
The criteria for the scholar-athlete team balloting parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting. Nominees must have played in at least 75 percent of a team’s games or have participated in the MVC Championship, carry at least a 3.00 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and be a sophomore or higher in academic standing. Student-athletes must also have completed at least one full academic year at their present institution.
A total of 22 Valley softball student-athletes were tabbed for scholar-athlete honors in 2008. MVC Player of the Year Lauren Haas of Southern Illinois was the lone unanimous selection to the league’s all-academic team, and was joined on the first team by fellow Salukis Tiffanie Dismore and Krystal Stein, Creighton’s Tara Oltman and Jessica Wakasugi, Drake’s Susan Slycord, Evansville’s Brittany Herald, Illinois State’s Kara Nelson and Tiffany Prager, Indiana State’s Meredith Simpson and UNI’s Stephanie Aguero and Jen Larsen.
In addition to Porche, honorable mention recognition went to Bradley’s Stephanie Ramsey, Creighton’s TJ Eadus, Drake’s Marilyn buss and Kelsey Kahler, Evansville’s Lissa Fehlman, Southern Illinois’ Katie Schmidt and Katie Wilson and Wichita State’s Cynthia Verhulst.