12 USI Softball student-athletes recognized with NFCA academic honors


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Softball had 12 student-athletes recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) for their academic success in 2022-23.
The Easton/NFCA Academic All-America Scholar-Athletes from Southern Indiana included outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana), first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana), designated player Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana), pitcher/infielder Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana), infielder Julianna Hibbs (Henderson, Kentucky), outfielder Olivia Howard (Fishers, Indiana), infielder Hannah Long (Haubstadt, Indiana), infielder Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois), outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana), infielder Jordan Rager (Fishers, Indiana), outfielder Caroline Stapleton (Shirley, Indiana), and outfielder Emma Tucher (New Palestine, Indiana).
The student-athletes were among the 8,297 collegiate student-athletes honored in all divisions. Team GPAs and scholar-athletes are submitted by member head coaches. The award goes to those who earned at least a 3.5 grade point average.
USI was 21-23 overall and 13-9 in the first season as an NCAA Division I program and OVC member last spring. The Screaming Eagles claimed an OVC Tournament berth and captured their first-ever OVC Tournament win in May.