Bucknell Softball Places Three on Inaugural Academic All-Patriot League Team
May 11, 2011
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell softball garnered three more honors on Wednesday as Alison Ford (Suisun City, Calif./Fairfield), Lauren Fry (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield) and Jessie Snyder (Tacoma, Wash./Stadium) were named to the inaugural Academic All-Patriot League Team. The squad recognizes student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2 who excel both on the field and in the classroom.
The award is Ford’s and Snyder’s second of the postseason honoring classroom success. Both were named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team last week and are finalists for Academic All-America honors.
Snyder has maintained a 3.82 GPA while majoring in English. The senior co-captain has earned several spots on the Bucknell Dean’s List and Patriot League Academic Honor Roll throughout her career and was named Bison softball’s first-ever Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist prior to the season. In the community, the native of Tacoma, Wash., is a Bison Buddy, working with local youth interested in softball. She has also volunteered with the Red Cross in disaster preparedness drills and worked with impoverished and orphaned children as part of a mission trip to Mexico.
On the field, Snyder led the team in walks with 25 this spring, taking over fourth place on the Bucknell record list for walks in a season. She started all 46 games in which she appeared this year after being named a 2010 First Team All-Patriot League second baseman. A captain and a four-year starter in the middle infield, she also ranks third in career games played (192), ninth in career runs scored (77) and is tied for 10th in career home runs (7).
The 2011 Patriot League Player of the Year and a first team all-league honoree at third base, Ford has a 3.39 cumulative GPA as an early childhood education major. She recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall of 2010. A member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and Chi Omega Sorority, she is a volunteer with several organizations including a local after-school program, a pre-school and with Bucknell Buddies. Along with her teammates, Ford is also involved with the Angel 34 program benefiting children with cancer, Toys for Tots and the AIDS Walk.
On the field, Ford put together the best season of her career in 2011, hitting a personal-best .408 at the plate. The senior also led Bucknell in hits (58), runs batted in (28), doubles (12), home runs (4), stolen bases (10-11), slugging percentage (.592) and on-base percentage (.488) this season. Ford broke onto a number of program record lists this year, including career batting average (10th, .331), RBI (2nd, 98), hits (8th, 159), home runs (3rd, 14), doubles (7th, 31) and games played (7th, 178). Ford’s .408 season average is seventh in program annals.
Fry collected her first postseason honor of the year thanks in part to her 3.40 GPA as a psychology major. In addition to her studies, which include a position as a research assistant managing lab-based research on emotional expression as related to trauma and drug use, Fry is a youth advocate volunteer at The Ashler Manor where she mentors adolescent women. She also spent last summer as a research assistant at the Berkeley Psychology Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., where she helped study non-medicinal treatments for bipolar disorder.
A four-year starter in the outfield, Fry has amassed a lengthy list of softball accolades including the 2008 Patriot League Rookie of the Year title, two selections to the All-Patriot League First Team, a 2010 Patriot League All-Tournament Team nod and a spot on the 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region Second Team. The senior captain finished her career ranked third at Bucknell in career hits (177), second in runs scored (113) and fourth in doubles (39) and games played (186). As a junior, Fry broke the program record for single-season walks, drawing 31 as she and her teammates advanced to Bucknell’s first NCAA Regional Tournament following a Patriot League Championship title.
The Academic All-Patriot League Team has been added for all sports beginning in the 2010-11 season to honor additional student-athletes for both academic and athletic success. This year’s softball team has 11 student-athletes. Student-athletes must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and be a starter or a key reserve. Award winners are determined by a vote of the league’s sports information directors who cannot vote for their own athletes.
With four selections, only Lehigh placed more athletes on the Academic All-Patriot League Team than Bucknell. The Bison finished the year 14-36 overall and 5-15 in the Patriot League.
2011 Softball Academic All-Patriot League Team
Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jen Colquhoun, Lehigh