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Cal Poly Softball Places Five on NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Team

Cal Poly Softball Places Five on NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Team


SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program led all Big West Conference programs with five selections on the 2017 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Team when the list of honorees was announced on Tuesday.

Earning a spot from the Mustang lineup were junior shortstop Chelsea Convissar (kinesiology major), junior third baseman Stephanie Heyward (business administration), sophomore outfielder Sydney James (psychology), sophomore right fielder Crimson Kaiser (animal science) and senior left fielder Courtney Tyler (recreation, parks and tourism administration).

To be eligible for the NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Team, honorees had to earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the 2016-17 academic year.

Convissar (above), who started 54 of 59 games in 2017, led Cal Poly with 33 runs, ranked second with 14 multi-hit games and third with a .319 (53-for-166) batting average.

Heyward, the only Mustang to play every inning of every game at the same position, was Cal Poly's Cal Poly's fifth leading hitter in 2017 with a .310 (54-for-174) mark.

James started during 13 of her 20 appearances in 2017 and recorded a perfect fielding percentage.

Kaiser, who started in 43 of her 45 appearances, finished as Cal Poly's fourth leading hitter with a .315 (39-for-124) mark.

Tyler, who completed her four-year Cal Poly career in 2017, started all 59 games for Cal Poly this year and ranked third in the lineup with 23 RBI and fourth with 39 hits.