Six Point Park softball players named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes
July 9, 2015 at 12:09 p.m. ET
PITTSBURGH – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics recognized six Point Park University softball players as 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The NAIA Scholar-Athlete recipients must be a junior or senior with a 3.5 GPA or higher to be nominated.
The Pioneers (29-16, 21-7) had a team GPA of 3.33 this season, one of several Point Park sports teams to claim the NAIA Scholar-Team award.
The six Point Park players to receive the honor were senior Audrey Eisentrout (4.0 GPA), senior Megan Dyer (3.87), senior Sarah Urchek (3.85), junior Taylor Geary (3.79), junior Hannah Harley (3.69) and senior Karen Mao (3.48).
Audrey Eisentrout, a senior outfielder and a native of Cumberland, Md., led the team with a 4.0 grade-point average in biological sciences. A four-year player for the Pioneers, Eisentrout started in right field this season and helped Point Park to second place in the KIAC standings. She started a career-high 30 games as a senior and collected 13 RBIs.
Eisentrout is a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete, a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society Point Park Rho Chapter and was the inaugural female recipient of the 2015 Don Kelly Student-Athlete Leadership Award. Eisentrout is a past awardee of the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program in which she was one of 12 select student-athletes in the NAIA to be involved in the program in the summer of 2013. She graduated in May and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in physical therapy.
Hannah Harley, a junior pitcher from Indiana, Pa. and Indiana Area High School, had a 3.69 GPA as a photography major. She ended the season 11-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 19 games, including 11 complete games and 99.1 innings pitched. Harley earned All-KIAC honors for 2015, and was named KIAC Pitcher of the Week earlier this season.
She was selected to receive the 2015 Dolores Haberle Scholarship. Eligible candidates must excel in their sport and maintain a 3.0 grade-point average. They must also demonstrate integrity and leadership and be a good ambassador for the University and the department on and off the field.
First baseman Karen Mao, a senior from Anaheim, Calif., had a 3.48 GPA. Mao’s monster season included a .386 batting average, eight doubles, seven home runs and 56 RBIs in 42 games. She earned KIAC Player of the Year honors for the 2015 season, and is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society Point Park Rho Chapter. Mao started all 45 games for the Pioneers this season, and graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a minor in multimedia.
Taylor Geary, a junior outfielder from Glassport, Pa. and South Allegheny High School, hit leadoff for the Pioneers in all 45 games this season. Geary ended the season with a 3.79 GPA. On the field, she had a .543 slugging percentage (15th overall) and placed 17th in the conference with a .352 batting average. Geary is a human resource management major and is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society Point Park Rho Chapter.
Megan Dyer, a senior pitcher from Lake Orion, Mich., is an elementary and special education major who will graduate in December. Dyer (1-2) battled through an injury this season, but still posted 15 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work with a 3.54 ERA. Dyer had a 3.87 GPA at the end of the season and is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society Point Park Rho Chapter
Sarah Urchek, a senior pitcher from Andover, Ohio, is an intelligence and national security major and a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society Point Park Rho Chapter. Urchek (4-1) had a 3.85 GPA and had 20 strikeouts in 34 innings for the Pioneers with a 3.5 ERA.
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