Notre Dame Athletics | October 13, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A total of six University of Notre Dame softball players, pitcher Katie Beriont ('18), now sophomore infielder Sarah Genz, now junior infielder Katie Marino, now senior catcher Maddie McCracken, now sophomore pitcher Morgan Ryan and outfielder Sara White ('18), were officially recognized as National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athletes for the 2017-18 academic year.
In the last seven years, a total of 15 Notre Dame players have claimed a combined 20 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.
Beriont wrapped up her Notre Dame career as a first-time NFCA honoree after appearing in 30 games as a senior and logging an 11-7 record with two shutouts for the Irish in 2018. A veteran of 121 career games, the 10th most by a pitcher in Notre Dame history, Beriont won 33 decisions and logged five shutouts (one no-hitter) with two saves in her Irish tenure. Along with four straight years of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Honor Roll (2015-18) accolades, Beriont was also tabbed to the 2017 ACC All-Academic Team. Beriont graduated from the College of Science in May with a degree in science-business, and is currently enrolled in graduate studies at Notre Dame.
Genz saw action in 15 games during her debut season with the Irish in 2018, notching two starts behind the plate at catcher. In limited at-bats as a freshman she registered two hits and three RBI for the Notre Dame at the plate, driving in runs for the Irish in wins over St. John's, Robert Morris and NC State. She added ACC Academic Honor Roll plaudits for the 2018 season. Named to the Dean's List in the spring of 2018 with a perfect 4.0 GPA over the course of the semester, Genz is enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a double-major in Arabic and psychology.
Marino picked up scholar-athlete recognition from the NFCA for the first time following a solid sophomore campaign for Notre Dame. Marino batted .269 with 10 doubles, six home runs, 27 RBI, a .364 on-base percentage, 11 stolen bases and 30 runs scored over 57 starts. She led all Irish fielders with 110 assists at second base, the most by a primary Notre Dame second baseman since 2008. A two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient (2017-18), Marino was among the Notre Dame representatives on the 2017 ACC All-Academic Team. She is enrolled in the College of Science as a science-business major.
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