Oct. 18, 2011

Starkville, Mississippi – More than 4,000 softball student-athletes, including six Buckeyes, representing 707 different academic institutions were named as a 2011 NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced.

Representing Ohio State as All-America Scholar-Athletes for 2011 were Alicia Herron, Dee Dee Hillman, Karisa Medrano, Brittany Mills, Melissa Rennie and Katie Simonton.

The award is given to any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2010-11 academic year. This year’s total of 4,331 honorees bested last year’s total by more than 30 student-athletes. The membership category with the most participating institutions this year was Division III with 168, while high school led the way in total honorees with 1,160. For more information on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, go to .