Daniels and Smith earn CoSIDA District honors

Daniels and Smith earn CoSIDA District honors

The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District® Softball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation's top student athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Shelby Smith and Abby Daniels of Berry College have been named to the District 5 First Team.

Smith, a sophomore, carries a 3.59 grade point average and is majoring in biology. Smith was recently named SAA Player of the Year, First Team All-SAA and to the SAA Tournament Team as a first baseman. She batted .467, knocked in 20 doubles (program record), three triples and seven home runs, 37 RBI and also held a .994 fielding percentage. Smith held an impressive .486 on-base percentage with an additional .815 slugging percentage.

Last year, she was listed as SAA Honorable Mention as an outfielder.  Smith was also named to the SAA Spring 2013 Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll as well as NFCA All-America Scholar.

Also a sophomore, Daniels carries a 3.86 grade point average and is majoring in exercise science. She was named First Team All-SAA as a catcher. Daniels batted .433, knocked 15 doubles, three triples and four home runs, 45 RBI and also held a .992 fielding percentage. She held a .462 on-base percentage with an additional .679 slugging percentage.

As a freshman, she was named First Team All-SAA and SAA Newcomer of the Year. Last year, Daniels was also named to the SAA Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll as well as NFCA All-America Scholar.

Berry College posted an overall record of 31-11--a program best--and an 18-4 conference mark. The Vikings also earned a second straight SAA regular season championship title.

As first team district honorees, both Daniels and Smith are now eligible for national consideration.

To view the entire CoSIDA Softball District teams, click here.