Seniors Meaghan Marley
and Samantha Schoell
of the Temple softball team have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District II University Division First Team, announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Marley makes the team for the first time, while it is the second-straight selection for Schoell.
Marley and Schoell are two of 11 players named to the squad, which honors the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance on the field and in the classroom. Their selection to the first team now makes them eligible for the national ballot.
Marley is a 3.85 kinesiology major who is pursuing her second bachelor's degree. The infielder received a BS from Penn State University in 2010, and will complete her second degree from Temple upon graduation later this month. On the field, the Leonardo, N.J. native sports the third-highest batting average on the team, hitting .296, over 100 points higher than her average a year ago. Her nine doubles are the second-most by any player and her 19 runs batted in are fourth best. She is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor's Society, the University's Dean's List and the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Schoell, who boasts a 3.97 in mechanical engineering, has played in and started 43 games for Temple this season. The outfielder has proven her versatility this year, spending some time at third base to fill in for injured players. Batting from the second spot all year, Schoell leads the team and the Atlantic 10, and ranks third nationally with her per game average, with 19 sacrifice hits. That total is good for fifth on the Temple single-season list and gives her 41 sacrifices in her career, the seventh most all-time at TU. The Lansdale, Pa., native continues to get it done in the classroom, sporting the top grade point average among TU student-athletes and earning her third-straight appearance on Temple's “Trustee Ten” list, given to the top-10 student-athletes at Temple based on GPA. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the University's Dean's List and the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Temple is 25-20 overall and 10-6 in A-10 play. The team will wrap up the regular season with a pair of games against St. Bonaventure on Sunday, May 6, at Ambler Field. The Owls will then travel to Saint Louis, Mo., next week to compete in the conference championship beginning May 9 at the Billiken Sports Center. The Cherry and White, awaiting their seed based on the outcome of games this weekend, will be vying for their first title since the 2004 season.