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June 15th, 2009
Newton wins SLC softball student-athlete of year

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Texas State senior shortstop Alex Newton was named the Capital One Bank/Southland Conference Softball Student-Athlete of the Year, announced today by the league office. Newton also earned SLC All-Academic First Team honors. Joining Newton on the first team is sophomore designated player McKenzie Baack and senior outfielder Taylor Hall. Junior first baseman Leah Boatright and sophomore third baseman Jenna Emery both earned second team accolades.Newton holds a 3.45 cumulative grade point average, with a major in special education. The LaPorte native was also named the 2009 SLC Softball Player of the Year, while earning 2009 SLC All-Conference First Team honors and 2009 NFCA All-Central Region First Team honors. She received the SLC Hitter of the Week for the week of April 27th. She has been a member of the SLC Commissioner’s Honor Roll since the Spring of 2006; Oak Farms Winner from 2006-2008 and a four time Dean’s List recipient. A former Arthur Ashe Winner, the four-year starter appeared in every game of her career. She was a 2008 SLC All-Conference Third Team member and 2007 SLC All-Tournament team member. She led the league in hits (62) and was third in batting average (.332). She led the team in total bases with 96 and at-bats with 187. She finished her career in the Top 10 of the Texas State all-time batting average (.293), at-bats (669), runs scored (106), hits (195), doubles (41), triples (7), home runs (14), RBI’s (87), total bases (292), stolen bases (37)and base on balls (55).

Baack, a native of Round Rock, Texas made first team honors for the first time of her career. With a major in Marketing, the designated player holds a cumulative grade point average of 3.15. She was named to the 2009 SLC All-Conference First Team during her second season. In her rookie year, she was named the 2008 SLC Hitter of the Year, while taking home 2008 SLC All-Conference Second Team accolades. Baack has been an Oak Farms Winner since 2007.

Hall, graduated in May with a cumulative grade point average of 3.78 and a degree in exercise and sports science. The Baytown, Texas native earned 2009 SLC All-Conference Second Team honors and was named to the 2009 SLC All-Tournament Team. She was named to the SLC Commissioner’s Honor Roll in Spring 2008. She has been an Oak Farms Winner since 2007 and was named to the Dean’s List three times. She holds the school record for walks in a season with 34 and ranks 16th nationally in the category.

Boatright, a second-time SLC All-Academic selection finished the year with a cumulative grade point average of 3.42. The Baytown, Texas native is majoring in marketing. She was a 2009 SLC Honorable Mention and SLC All-Tournament Team member in her junior year. In 2008, she earned SLC All-Conference Second Team honors. She earned SLC Hitter of the Week honors for the week of March 16. She has been on the SLC Commissioner’s Honor Roll since the Spring of 2007 and an Oak Farms Winner since 2006. She was named to the Dean’s List the Spring of 2007. She led the Bobcats in home runs with six, while recording 266 put-outs. The first baseman ranks ninth in the SLC in the RBI category.

Emery, a Sugar Land, Texas native wrapped up her sophomore campaign with a cumulative grade point average of 3.16, while majoring in respiratory care. She earned 2009 SLC Second Team honors She was named to the SLC Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the Spring of 2008 and has been an Oak Farms Winner since 2007. She was named to the Dean’s List the Fall 2008. Emery started every game this season, leading Texas State with a .565 slugging percentage. She ranks third in Season Doubles for TXST with 16 and led the league in doubles.

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