Written by Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Senior McKenzy Mackay (Kaysville, Utah) and sophomore Sarah Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) of the Southern Virginia University softball team were named today to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
"McKenzy [Mackay] and Sarah [Edwards] have served as role models for their teammates and good examples for the university of what a scholar-athlete should be," said third-year Head Coach Duste Grawrock. "What they were able to do for us throughout the year and what they did in the classroom is very impressive."
The all-district teams are divided into eight districts and are separated by NCAA Divisions I, II, III and College Division—including NAIA, two-year and independent institutions. To be recognized, one must have at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and serve as a key contributor to the team.
Mackay and Edwards were selected as representatives of District One—comprised of colleges and universities from 16 different states ranging from Maine to North Carolina. They will additionally be up for consideration to the Capital One Academic All-American Team to be announced in late May.
Aside from recently graduating with a degree in business management, senior co-captain Mackay led the Southern Virginia pitching staff in wins (7), ERA (4.28), innings pitched (109.2), complete games (13) and strikeouts (100) this season.
The three-year hurler and co-captain ranks first in program history in career strikeouts (295), complete games (39), innings pitched (317.2) and games started (52) in the circle.
Edwards, who started all 30 contests behind the plate, led the Knight infield with a .994 fielding percentage while ranking second on the squad in RBI (18), home runs (1) and on-base percentage (.381) and third in stolen bases (7) and slugging percentage (.483).
In her two years at Southern Virginia, catcher and business management major Edwards holds all-time records in career doubles (14), RBI (39), stolen bases (15) and fielding percentage (.986) while ranking second in hits (59).
Mackay and Edwards are the first two academic all-district selections in program history.