Burk Named To The ESPN The Magazine District 2 All-Academic Second Team
EMMITSBURG, Md. Amanda Burk (Bristow, Va./Stonewall Jackson), a member of the Mount St. Mary's softball team, has been named to the ESPN the Magazine District 2 All-Academic second team, announced on Thursday.
Burk, a senior catcher, is a business major with a 3.66 grade-point average. The senior paced the team in hits (45), runs scored (25) triples (4) and total bases (61) while ranking second in batting average (.315), fourth in RBIs (21), sixth in doubles (5) along with hitting one home run.
Burk leaves the Mount as one of the best offensive players in program history. The senior holds nine career program records, including games played (195), at bats (601), runs scored (127), hits (193), doubles (39), triples (14), RBIs (102), total bases (302) and walks (56) and finished second in career home runs (14). She jumped onto the scene in 2006 as a freshman to post a .350 batting average with a single-season program-record 17 doubles and five triples along with the second-best single-season marks in hits (64), runs scored (44) and RBIs (34) in team history.
Burk helped the Mountaineers to its most wins overall and in conference play in her freshman campaign when the squad finished 31-25 overall and 14-6 in Northeast Conference (NEC) play to earn Mount St. Mary's a trip to the NEC Tournament. Last season the Mount registered its third most wins with 21 and recorded the fifth most victories in 2009 with 18 in team history. In addition, the two-year team captain helped Mount St. Mary's to two of its three NEC winning seasons in program history with its 14-6 mark in 2006 and its 10-8 record in 2009.
Burk becomes the first softball player in Mount history to earn academic recognition from CoSIDA.
To be eligible for the team, which is voted on by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members, a player must contribute significantly to her team and have a grade-point average of at least 3.20.
Mount St. Mary's concluded its season by splitting a doubleheader with Morgan State on Apr. 30.