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CHARLOTTE 49ERS: Softball Player Honored

Charlotte, N.C. - Junior shortstop Haley Pace (Winston-Salem, N.C.) has been named Conference USA’s Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year as announced by the league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR). The C-USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport, determined by the league’s 14 FARs. The award is based on academic achievement, athletic achievement and service.

Pace, who earned First Team College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic all-America honors, this spring, broke Charlotte’s single-season records for batting average (.433), slugging percentage (.487), runs scored (53), home runs (15) and tied the record for hits (71).  She was named first team all-Conference USA and second team NFCA All-Mideast Region.

Pace has maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA as an Accounting major. She was a third-team CoSIDA Academic all-America in 2016. This year, she became the first 49ers softball player to earn multiple Academic all-America honors and the first to be named first team Academic all-America. Lexi Betancourt (2016) and Tiffany Howard (1998) join Pace as the other softball players at Charlotte to make the Academic All-America Team.

She was also named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District III softball team and to the 2017 Conference USA All-Academic Team.

Pace was the 2016-17 Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Vice President and will serve in that role again this coming year. Extremely active in the school’s community’s service program, Pace has visited the Levine Children’s Hospital, participated in the YMCA Miracle League, and Spring Stroll for Epilepsy and helped coordinate the 49ers Let’s SAAC Hunger initiative among other community service activities. Within the 49ers Life Skills program, Pace accumulated the most Life Skills credits, this past year.  She was also one of five 49ers to be named a Leader of Distinction by the 49ers Leadership Academy.

Since the 49ers return to Conference USA in 2013, seven other 49ers have earned a Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year award:  Lee McNeill (Football, 2015-16); Jordi Massalle-Ferrer (Men’s Tennis, 2015-16); Ben Cherry (Men’s Basketball, 2013-14); Zach Greth (Men’s Cross-Country, 2013-14); Tyler Gibson (Men’s Soccer, 2013-14); Alex Calott (Men’s Tennis, 2013-14); Amanda Videmsek (Volleyball, 2013-14).

Since the 49ers return to Conference USA in 2013, seven other 49ers have earned a Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year award: Lee McNeill (Football, 2015-16); Jordi Massalle-Ferrer (Men’s Tennis, 2015-16); Ben Cherry (Men’s Basketball, 2013-14); Zach Greth (Men’s Cross-Country, 2013-14); Tyler Gibson (Men’s Soccer, 2013-14); Alex Calott (Men’s Tennis, 2013-14); Amanda Videmsek (Volleyball, 2013-14).  In the 49ers first run through C-USA, Charlotte won eight Scholar-Athlete awards: Andy Tucker (Men’s Cross Country, 1996-97); Stephanie Burklow (Women’s Track and Field, 1997-98); Terence Fagan (Men’s Track and Field, 1998-99); Neal Kauffman (Golf, 1999-00); Ola Jonsson (Men’s Tennis, 2000-01); Ola Jonsson (Men’s Tennis, 2001-02); Jobey Thomas (Men’s Basketball, 2001-02); Cassie Ficken (Women’s Track and Field, 2004-05).

Thomas E. Whitestone Associate Athletic Director - Media Relations

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