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Thursday, May 9, 2002

Caroline Kovach Named Verizon Academic All-America District Two
Knights outfielder led team in several categories while maintaining 3.89 grade point average

STAMFORD, CONN. – Fairleigh Dickinson University’s sophomore leftfielder Caroline Kovach (Tinton Falls, NJ) was named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America District Two Softball Team as selected by CoSIDA. A co-captain and recent Second Team All-Northeast Conference honoree, Kovach is no stranger to success both on the field and in the classroom.

Kovach has started all 33 games for the Knights, ending the season leading the team and setting new program records in batting average (.323), slugging percentage (.559), doubles (5), home runs (5) and sacrifice flies (2). She ranked second this season in hits (28) and runs batted in (14). A leader on and off the field, she was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. In only the second season since the Knights reinstated softball she became the first Knights’ softball player to earn All-NEC accolades.

A communications major with a 3.89 grade point average, Kovach leads by example on and off the field. She is involved with the campus’ Student Athlete Advisory Committee, community service projects and three days a week she interns with a major New York television station all while maintaining Dean’s List honors.

The Fairleigh Dickinson softball team wrapped up its second season, finishing 8-25 overall including a 6-16 NEC record. The team increased its win total by six games over last season and saw improvements in practically every other category including a .054 increase in batting average, a 2.80 drop in era, 10 more home runs, and 46 more runs scored. This year’s highlights include the program’s first-ever sweep of a non-conference and of a conference opponent.

This year marks the 50th year of the Academic All-America program, as the inaugural team was announced on December 6, 1952. Since that time, more than 12,000 students have been named Academic All-America team members at colleges and universities at all levels for every recognized NCAA sport.

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Kovach became the first Knight softball player to earn All-NEC and to be named a Verizon Academic honoree