Schwark, McGinley Earn MVC Softball Scholar-Athlete Recognition
ST. LOUIS -- A pair of Missouri State softball players have been named to Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete teams, the league office announced Monday. Jenna Schwark was selected for the Valley's all-academic first team, while Lauren McGinley was tabbed for honorable mention by a vote of MVC sports information directors.
A junior utility player, Schwark led Missouri State and ranked fourth in the MVC in overall batting (.358) and rated among the league's top 10 individuals in hits (57), total bases (85) and on-base percentage (.440). The Broken Arrow, Okla., product also led the Bears in RBIs (30), walks (19) and multi-hit games (15), while finishing second on the squad in runs scored (30) and third in home runs (7). Additionally, Schwark was the toughest Valley player to strike-out this season, fanning just one time for every 22.7 at-bats in conference play.
Schwark saved her best for last in 2010, leading the Bears' charge through the MVC Softball Championship by hitting .368 with a pair of homers and seven RBIs to earn her second straight All-MVC Tournament nod.
Schwark, an accounting major who maintains a 3.54 grade-point average, was honored earlier this month by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as a first-team Academic All-District VII selection. She was previously recognized for her work in the classroom with her selection to the MVC's Honor Roll in both 2008 and 2009. Additionally, Schwark was one of 30 Missouri State student-athletes to receive the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award from the Valley last spring.
The citation for McGinley marks the fourth straight year the Oklahoma City native has been recognized by the Valley for her scholastic achievements. A three-time MVC Honor Roll selection, she earned the MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award in each of the last two academic years and was an honorable mention MVC Scholar-Athlete choice in 2009 as well.
McGinley led the team in games started (19) in the circle, posting three complete games in her first five starts of 2010. The senior right-hander allowed just one earned run over her first 13.1 innings of the season and recorded back-to-back complete-game victories, March 6-7, including a three-hit shutout of UMKC. Overall, the Oklahoma City native tied for second on the team with six victories on the year.
A total of 25 Valley softball student-athletes were tabbed for scholar-athlete honors in 2010. Joining Schwark on the first team were Michelle Koch and Tara Oltman of Creighton, Jenna DeLong, Brynne Dordel and Bridget Shields of Drake, Kara Nelson and Megan Warner of Illinois State, Eranne Daugharthy and Jen Larsen of UNI and Mallory Duran, Danielle Glosson, Allie Hanson and Cristina Trapani of Southern Illinois.
In addition to McGinley, honorable mention recognition went to Bradley's Amanda Clack and Janay Mitchell, Creighton's Michelle Graner and Christa Ruf, Drake's Erin Mollohan, Evansville's Jennifer McKee and Jen Stahlhut, Illinois State's Beth Current, Indiana State's Meagan McCurdy and Wichita State's Jamie Hull.
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 3.20 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.