May 3, 2013

Clarke, Struharik earn Academic All-District

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Two Grove City College spring sport student-athletes earned Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honors from the region's sports information directors Thursday night.

In softball, senior pitcher Lauren Clarke (Lower Burrell, Pa./Burrell) earned First Team Academic All-District while in baseball, senior outfielder Zach Struharik (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman) captured First Team All-District Division III recognition. Both now advance to the nationwide Academic All-America ballot.

Clarke helped anchor the Grove City pitching staff this year by posting a career-low 2.68 earned run average. She went 7-9 and struck out 67 batters in 102 innings. Clarke appeared in 21 games and made 16 starts in the circle. She threw 11 complete games and two shutouts.

Clarke ranks eighth in the Presidents' Athletic Conference in ERA, ninth in strikeouts and 10th in innings pitched. She concluded her career with 33 total wins and a school-record six saves.

Offensively, Clarke hit a career-high .308 while starting all 32 games overall. She ranked third on the squad in batting average, runs scored (18) and runs batted in (15). A four-year letterwinner, Clarke earned Second Team All-PAC honors in 2011. 

In the classroom, Clarke owns a 3.33 cumulative grade-point average in biology and has earned Dean's List recognition.

Struharik leads Grove City with a .386 batting average in 24 games this season. He leads the team in hits (27), doubles (7) and total bases (37). He ranks seventh in the conference in hitting and ninth with a .529 slugging percentage.

A two-year starter in left field, Struharik led the Wolverines last year in hits (42), total bases (52), runs batted in (27) and at bats (126). In 2011, he helped the Wolverines capture the conference's regular-season title and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Championship.

Struharik has compiled a 3.67 grade-point average while majoring in marketing. He has been named to the Dean's List and the conference's Academic Honor Roll.

Eight Grove City student-athletes have earned CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition during the 2012-13 academic year. Thirteen Grove City performers earned Academic All-District in 2011-12.

The 2012-13 academic year marks the second year that CoSIDA has based its Academic All-America program on individual divisions within college athletics. Currently, CoSIDA honors student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, along with a "College" division that includes NAIA institutions and junior colleges.

Grove City is now part of District IV for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program. District IV includes all of the NCAA Division III programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

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