Tony Jones | October 13, 2017
A total of five University of Notre Dame softball players, infielder Dana Bouquet (’17), pitcher Rachel Nasland (’17), junior catcher Maddie McCracken, sophomore outfielder Alexis Bazos and outfielder/infielder Kimmy Sullivan (’17), have been officially recognized as National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athletes for the 2016-17 academic year. The NFCA announced on Tuesday that a record 7,351 student-athletes across all seven divisions of NCAA softball earned NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors last season.
In the last six years, a total of 10 Notre Dame players have claimed a combined 14 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete scrolls. Student-athletes who carry a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher during a given academic year are eligible for NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition.
Bouquet wrapped up her Notre Dame career as a first-time NFCA honoree after appearing in nine games as a senior for the Irish in 2017. A veteran of 41 career games, Bouquet batted .250 with two RBI and seven runs scored to go with a perfect fielding percentage. Along with 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Honor Roll accolades, Bouquet was selected as a recipient of the Notre Dame Community Champion award that is presented to student-athletes who embody the spirit of leadership, commitment and selflessness. Bouquet graduated from the College of Arts and Letters in May with a degree in theology.
Nasland claimed NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition for the second straight season, to go along with three straight (2015-17) All-ACC Academic Team selections. She appeared in a career-high 45 games (28 starts) as a senior in 2017, throwing 187 innings. Nasland fashioned a 17-12 mark with two saves in the circle, and added 117 strikeouts. A 2015 all-ACC second team and 2016 ACC Championship all-tournament team choice, Nasland graduated from the College of Arts and Letters in May with a degree in psychology (minors in business economics and constitutional studies) ranked among the top 10 pitchers in career wins (56) and strikeouts (431) in Irish program history.