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Four Point Park players named 2011 Daktronics NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes

May 24, 2011

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PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University had four players named 2011 Daktronics NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes as announced by the NAIA on Tuesday. Nicole Kerestine, Abbie Heigel, Zoe Hughes and Kristen Zelenka received the award, which is given to juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete honor is the highest academic award given out by the NAIA. There were 326 softball players who earned the recognition this year. Kerestine is a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete while Heigel, Hughes and Zelenka got the award for the first time.

Kerestine, a senior outfielder from Brownsville, Pa., had a team-best 3.97 GPA as an English major. She hit .283 as a senior and batted .300 for her career.

Heigel, a native of DuBois, Pa., is a senior pitcher with a 3.69 GPA in sports, arts and entertainment management. She was 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in eight games this season.

Hughes is an outfielder from Butler, Pa., who owns a 3.61 GPA in intelligence and national security. This past season was to be her junior season, but it was lost to injury when she hurt her knee as a member of the Point Park volleyball team in the fall. Hughes hit .319 as the starting center fielder her first two years.

Zelenka, a native of Washington, Pa., is a senior pitcher with a 3.53 GPA in advertising and public relations. Zelenka was first-team All-AMC and the AMC Softball Pitcher of the Year after compiling a 7-2 record and a 2.51 ERA this season.

Pictured below (L to R): Nicole Kerestine, Abbie Heigel, Zoe Hughes and Kristen Zelenka.

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