Three Cougar Softball Players Named to NAIA Scholar Athlete Team
COLUMBIA - Cougar Softball players Jamie Holmes, Whitni Howell, and Taylor Richter have been named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Athlete team for the 2013 season. All three players are receiving the award for the first time, joining 283 other recipients from NAIA programs. In order to be nominated by an institution, 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.
Holmes enjoyed a stellar season on the diamond for Columbia as well, leading the team in numerous offensive categories in addition to being named the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-AMC. The junior native of Republic, Missouri batted a team-high .386 on the year to go along with four home runs, 28 RBI, 16 stolen bases, and 34 runs scored.
Howell, a junior native of Jefferson City was also a major contributor for the Cougars during the season as she started all 40 games and hit .319 with three home runs and 22 RBI. She was named to the AMC Honorable Mention squad after being selected to the First Team in 2012.
Richter compiled a 6-5 record and 3.19 ERA in 57 innings pitched in the circle for Columbia during her junior season. The Jefferson City native was second on the team in strikeouts with 42 and led the squad with three shutouts, including a no-hitter at Lyon College on April 6th.