Aug. 11, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A pair of Ohio State softball players recently completed perfect summers, as Becca Gavin and Katya Duvall earned 4.0 GPAs in the classroom and continued a trend for the Buckeyes of high achievements off the field.
Gavin and Duvall are both OSU Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten selections that were among the 18 student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 or better grade-point average during the 2016-17 academic year. Additionally, 12 players – and 75 percent of those eligible – took home Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Gavin will be a senior for the Scarlet and Gray in 2017-18. She started 49 of the 50 games that she played in last season and saw significant statistical improvements in every area, including a nearly 100-point increase in her batting average. A catcher, she was among the Big Ten leaders with a 36-percent throw-out rate from behind the plate. For her efforts, Gavin earned second team All-NFCA Midwest Region honors. She’s a biology major from near-by Gahanna, Ohio who has multiple times been an OSU Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten and NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete.
A pitcher from Seal Beach, Calif., Duvall was one of five pitchers on Ohio State’s roster to have an ERA of 3.00 or less last season. A rising junior, Duvall helped the Buckeyes’ pitching staff finish with the third-best ERA in the Big Ten (2.49) that included 12 shutouts, the most since 2010. Her .206 batting average against was the best of the team. Duvall is a Language Arts/English major who was also a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2016-17.