Four Softball Players Earn PL Academic Honors

Rachael Duval

Rachael Duval

June 22, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Rising sophomore Ashton Wolf posted the highest grade-point average in the spring semester among four Army softball players named to the Patriot League's Academic Honor Roll in an announcement by the conference office. Recent graduates and team co-captains Alexis AuBuchon and Rachael Duval, along with rising sophomore Ali Cleinmark, joined Wolf in rounding out the 42 student-athletes honored for their performance in the classroom.

It is the third time that Duval, who produced a 3.508 GPA in the spring as a major in Philosophy, Art and Literature, earned conference academic honors. Last month, the Army catcher was among 10 student-athletes selected to the Softball Academic All-Patriot League Team (required a 3.2 cumulative GPA and be a starter or key player) for the second straight year after being among those chosen for the inaugural team in 2011.

Duval, named to the Patriot League's all-tournament team last month after batting .600, closed out her Army career as the Black Knights' all-time leader in games played (219) and lists second in at bats (625) and tied for that spot in home runs (17). She also finished fourth in runs scored (106), fifth in RBI (96) and total bases (249), seventh in hits (160) and eighth in doubles (30).

AuBuchon, who registered a 3.468 GPA this spring majoring in Spanish and Arabic, ranked among the league leaders throughout her Army career where she was a two-time all-league first baseman and all-tournament team selection. The native of Trinity, Fla., set personal bests this season in batting (.382), hits (65), RBI (39), home runs (five), total bases (93) and runs scored (25). She posted 19 multiple-hit games and 11 multiple-RBI games while leaving her name in Army's record book in several categories listing as high as second in hits (220), RBI (112), total bases (315), walks (63) and games played (218), while ranking third in batting average (.350).

Wolf, an undeclared major with a 3.866 GPA, was among five student-athletes to post a GPA of 3.8 or higher this spring with Lehigh's Rosie Roessel turning in the highest mark of 3.94. Wolf, a pinch runner who drew duty in 29 games, stole five bases and scored eight runs.

Cleinmark, posting Army's second highest GPA this spring with a 3.611 as an undeclared major, drew the majority of her time as the designated player where she batted .242, drove in 12 runs and scored nine times. Wolf and Cleinmark were among 10 freshmen to earn academic honors their first season of collegiate ball. To be eligible for the Patriot League's spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average during the spring semester and be a participant in a winter or spring sports. This year's group is Army's largest since six were selected in 2010.

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