KANSAS CITY, Mo. ----- Auburn University at Montgomery softball standouts Danielle Kirkpatrick and Rachel Stuart were among 308 softball student-athletes to have been named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
A senior exercise science major, Kirkpatrick sports a 3.53 cumulative grade point average in the program, while also contributing behind the plate for the Warhawks. Kirkpatrick appeared in 59 games on the season, posting a .247 batting average and 17 runs batted in. The McDonough, Ga., native added nine doubles and two triples, while scoring 12 runs. Perhaps her greatest contribution came behind the plate, where the Warhawks' pitching staff posting a 1.45 earned run average on the year.
Also studying exercise science, Stuart has posted a 3.61 cumulative GPA while at AUM. The Dora, Ala., native, appeared in 33 games for the Warhawks in 2012, starting 27. In a limited number of at bats, she recorded seven hits, including two doubles, and scored seven runs. She also added two stolen bases and one run batted in.
In addition to Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors, both Kirkpatrick and Stuart were named to the Southern States Athletic Conference's All-Academic team.
AUM finished the 2012 campaign with a 42-20 record, including a 4-2 mark in the NAIA Tournament, where it won Pool H in pool play.