SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury Univeristy softball team has proven over the years that it excels in competition, but the Sea Gulls are also among some of the top student-athletes in the classroom as well, with three players named to the 2016 Academic All-District Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Seniors Annah Brittingham and Paige Knussman and junior Caitlin Lake were all named to the District 2 team. To be eligible for the Academic All-District team, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve on her team.
For Knussman, this is her second Academic All-District honor, being named to the team in 2014 and going on to earn Academic All-American honors that year, as well. This season, Knussman has been one of the top hitters in the nation, leading the team and ranking 24th in the nation in doubles with 16 while smashing 11 home runs, which currently put her sixth in the nation. The Easton, Maryland native's .845 slugging percentage is fourth in the Capital Athletic Conference and ranks 27th nationally. Knussman, an exercise science major, who currently holds a 3.44 GPA.
Brittingham makes her first appearance on the Academic All-District team, with a 3.87 GPA in exercise science. She has been one of Salisbury's starting pitchers throughout the year with a 17-2 record and a 1.41 ERA. She currently leads the CAC and ranks eighth in the nation, surrendering only 3.87 hits per seven innings pitched, while ranking in the top 50 in both ERA and strikeouts per seven innings. Brittingham has fanned 127 batters in 114 innings this year.
Lake is an early childhood elementary education major, carrying a 3.95 GPA, and has been key in the Salisbury outfield and the lineup this year. Lake has appeared in every game this season, starting 36 of them with a perfect fielding percentage in left field, she has also notched one outfield assist. She has worked her way into a full-time role in the lineup, batting .434, which ranks fourth on the team. Her five triples lead the CAC and rank 33rd in the nation.
As Academic All-District selections, Knussman, Brittingham, and Lake are eligible for Academic All-American honors, which will be announced on May 24.
Salisbury claimed the CAC championship on April 23 and now gets set for the NCAA tournament, which begins on Friday, May 13. The Sea Gulls have the automatic bid into the event, but will find out on Monday, May 9 who their first-round opponent is and where the game will be played.
To see the CoSIDA Academic All-District softball teams in their entirety, click here.