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Pittsburgh -- The Robert Morris University softball team continued its run of academic successes Wednesday when the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced that the 2010 Colonial squad led all Division I schools with a 3.58 team grade-point average (GPA).

“This is a great tribute to our kids and the efforts that they put into their work in the classroom and on the field,” Robert Morris head coach Craig Coleman, M.D., said. “The support of our faculty is key to helping our kids succeed in the classroom.”

This is the second consecutive year that Robert Morris led the nation and finished atop the list of the NFCA’s girls got game Top Ten All-Academic Teams and the third season in which it has been among the top two in the country. In addition, eight Colonial players were honored as girls got game/NFCA Scholar Athletes.

Recent graduate Megan Lynch, seniors Kayla Crooks (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Brashear) and Annie Dubovec (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston), juniors Alexa Bryson (Greensburg, Pa. / Latrobe Area), Sarah Capp (McKees Rocks, Pa. / Montour), Allie Patton (Poland, Ohio / Poland) and Jaci Timko (Houston, Pa. / Chartiers Houston) and sophomore Maritza Jimenez (Vineland, NJ / Vineland) were all individually recognized for their academic accomplishments by being named NFCA Scholar Athletes. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must have attained at least a 3.50 GPA in the past academic year.

This most recent recognition is just the latest in a string of academic awards for Colonial softball student-athletes. Dubovec was named the Northeast Conference (NEC) Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in June for leading RMU on and off the field. The mathematics major with a 3.93 cumulative GPA led Robert Morris in numerous offensive categories including batting average (.359), home runs (5), RBI (39), slugging percentage (.538) and on-base percentage (.410). She is the third Colonial softball player to receive the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award since 2000.

The softball program has also received 13 ESPN Academic All-District selections in its history, including seven in the past three years alone with Dubovec and Timko taking home honors in 2010.

Robert Morris finished strongly on the field in 2010 by winning 22 of its final 33 games. The Colonials will look to keep the success going in 2011 with 12 players returning and four newcomers added to the mix.