DURHAM, N.C. – A trio of Blue Devils earned Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2017-18 academic year, the organization announced Wednesday.
To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher over the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.
Brianna Butler, Jameson Kavel and Haley Wymbs became the first players in program history to earn the honor. This is the second academic honor for the trio, as all three were named to the 2017-18 ACC Honor Roll in the summer.
Butler, who joined the Blue Devils in January 2018, made 28 appearances with 15 starts, including 11 of those showings in the circle. A native of Evans, Ga., Butler finished the year with a 1-2 record and threw 28.0 innings while posting a 2.00 ERA. She also recorded nine hits and drove in five runs while scoring one and tallying one double.
Kavel was a constant presence for the Blue Devils in year one, appearing and starting in all 56 games at shortstop. The Duluth, Ga., native finished with a .272 average at the plate and scored 32 runs while driving in 18. Kavel also turned in a team-leading five triples, finishing second in the conference and 24th in the nation, while contributing nine doubles and a home run. She paced the team with 16 stolen bases, finishing inside the top 10 in the ACC.
Wymbs saw action in 45 games in Duke’s inaugural season, making 39 starts. She finished second on the team with a .317 clip while tallying 17 runs scored with seven batted in and two doubles. The San Jose, Calif., native also finished second on the team with seven sac bunts.
The Blue Devils, who are 2-1 in fall play, return to action on Thursday at Elon. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET.
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