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Nine ENMU Softball and Baseball Players
Earn LSC Academic Honors

PORTALES, N.M. — Junior Tracy Jordan (Rosamond, Calif./Desert HS) from the Eastern New Mexico University softball team has been selected as the Lone Star Conference South Division Softball Academic Player of the Year. Joining her on the South Division All-Academic Team are junior Danielle Flores (Loving, NM/Loving HS) and Amanda Nightingale (Mesquite, Texas/North Central Texas College). Sophomore Derrick Kennedy (San Antonio, Texas/G.W. Brackenridge HS) was selected to the LSC South First Team All-Academic for baseball.

Earning LSC South Division Commissioner’s Honor Roll status were sophomore Christina Helland (Albuquerque, NM/Rio Rancho HS), senior Tina Whitt (Riverside, Calif./Midland College), and senior Elizabeth Hawkins (Sandpoint, Ida./George Fox University) for the softball team. Senior Micah Bernhardt (Gypsum, Col./Arapahoe Community College) was named to the LSC South Division Commissioner’s Honor Roll from the baseball team.

Players nominated for the LSC South Commissioner’s Honor Roll were starters or key reserves with cumulative GPA’s of 3.2 or higher (4.0 scale). Each player was at his or her current college or university for at least one academic year. Overall, 22 softball players were listed on the LSC South Commissioner’s Honor Roll, with 11 being selected to the All-Academic Team. 10 baseball players made the LSC South Commissioner’s Honor Roll, while eight were selected to the All-Academic Team.

LSC South Division All-Academic

Jordan has a 4.0 cumulative GPA and is majoring in Physical Education. She adds the LSC Academic Player of the Year, LSC South All-Academic, and LSC South Commissioner’s Honor Roll selections to her numerous accomplishments. She recently was chosen as an ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American. She concluded her senior campaign with a .394 batting average, 15 doubles, seven home runs, and 43 runs batted in. Jordan struck out just seven times in 170 at bats, ranking as the 28th toughest batter to strike out in NCAA Division II. She finished her career on an eight-game hitting streak.

Flores, a Criminal Justice major, has earned a 3.81 cumulative GPA. She hit .342 for the season, stole three bases and scored 19 runs. Flores notched seven multiple-hit games over the 2006 season.

Nightingale registered a cumulative GPA of 3.74, while majoring in Biology. She picked up five wins on the mound for the Zias, including three shutouts this Spring. Midway though the season, she had a four-game winning streak, which included a win over LSC rival East Central.

Kennedy earned a 3.33 cumulative GPA, and led the team in hitting (.356) and runs scored (47). He also was selected Second Team All-LSC South. Kennedy registered a 12-game hitting streak from late March into early April, including a 6-for-6 performance with a triple, a home run, and four RBI against LSC rival West Texas A&M.

LSC South Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Helland, a Biology major with a 3.51 GPA, batted .298 with 14 doubles, seven home runs, and 30 RBI. She registered an 11-game hitting streak in March and was selected Honorable Mention All-LSC South Division.

Whitt, a Criminal Justice major with a 3.27 GPA, batted .367 in her senior season, as she led the squad in doubles (17) and homers (13). She turned in 19 multiple-hit games and 12 multiple-RBI games, including a 2-for-3 performance with a double, a home run and five RBI against the College of the Southwest.

Hawkins, a Biochemistry major with a 3.22 GPA, batted .250 in 2006. She also stole a pair of bases.

Bernhardt, an Art major with a 3.68 GPA, batted .235 with a .310 on-base percentage. He also batted in 12 runs.