Danielle Kirkpatrick was selected the 12th recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award.
Softball - Mon. Apr. 30, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Auburn University at Montgomery senior catcher Danielle Kirkpatrick was selected the 12th recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award for the 2011-12 school year on Monday, for her efforts both on and off the field.
Criteria for the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award includes being certified for eligibility and involved in participation of a varsity sport; performance on the field or court during the previous two weeks; contributions to the team's success through their individual leadership skills, their commitment to teamwork, their extra effort during practice and their demonstration of sportsmanship; and performance off the field of play, including academic success, character and exemplary community outreach.
During the two-week span of her nomination, Kirkpatrick helped the Warhawks to a 6-5 record by hitting .375. She drove in eight runs and scored three more, while adding two doubles and a triple. Perhaps her greatest contribution came behind the plate, where the Warhawks' pitching staff posting a 1.37 earned run average in the 11 games.
"Danielle is a leader for our team, both on and off the field," head coach Chris Steiner-Wilcoxson. "As our catcher, she has to control our pitchers and is the centerpiece of our defense. She is one of the best defensive catchers in our league at blocking pitches and running down foul balls, so she is a tireless worker. She is also extremely successful in the classroom and will graduate with a degree in exercise science in May."
Kirkpatrick, an exercise science major from McDonough, Ga., is a standout in the classroom, where she sports a cumulative grade point average of 3.65. Kirkpatrick is a three-time member of the Southern States Athletic Conference All-Academic team and a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete.
She is active in the community, having helped with various clinics throughout the Montgomery area, as well as the Commerce for Canines project, the Harvest Festival at the Montgomery Children's Center and the LPGA Golf Tournament.
By advancing to the championship game of the SSAC Softball Tournament, the Warhawks were awarded an automatic berth in the 32nd Annual NAIA Softball National Championship, held May 17-23 in Gulf Shores, Ala.