The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has named 12 Cotton Blossoms to the All-America Academic Team. Mary Barthel, Jessica Dickey, Brittany Eitel, Sarah Hayslip, Jennifer Hickman, Summer Huddleston, Beth Johnson, Miller Maddox, Amanda Nordberg, Maggie Sands, Ashley Watkins, and Sydney Williams all earned a grade point average of 3.5 or better during the 2010-11 academic year.

The award is the second component of the Association’s academic award program.

Earlier this fall, the teams with the highest GPAs in each membership category were recognized as a 2011 NFCA Top Ten All-Academic team. The Blossoms were ranked fourth in all of Division II.

The Cotton Blossoms finished the 2010-11 academic year with a cumulative GPA of 3.487, the highest in the Gulf South Conference. UAM was the only team from the GSC or the new Great American Conference to make the top ten.