(AUSTIN, Texas) – Thomas More College junior center fielder Laura Finke (Fort Wright, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) has been named to the 2017 Division III Academic All-America Softball team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Finke, who was a second team selection, is the first Thomas More softball student-athlete to be named Academic All-America since Stephanie Cameron in 2003.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, student-athletes must have a cumulative 3.30 grade-point average (GPA) or higher, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution, and must have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Nominees must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games and be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic and academic credentials.
Finke carries a 3.95 grade point average in biology and is a member of the James Graham Brown Honors Program. On campus she is involved with Student Government Association, Biology Club, Student Ambassador, Pro-Life Club, Chemistry Club, Pre-Health Professional Society and Beta Beta Beta (biology honors society). Finke also volunteers her time at Christ Hospital, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Northern Kentucky Special Olympics.
On the diamond, Finke was named first team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and first team All-Central Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) this season. She started all 45 games for Thomas More and was 64-of-159 at the plate for a .403 batting average. Finke had six doubles, three triples, 43 runs scored and 14 RBI, while she was 31-of-35 in stolen base attempts.
Finke and the Saints finished the season at 35-10 overall and recorded an undefeated 18-0 record in the PAC regular season. The Saints won the PAC regular season and championship tournament titles and made their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.