(AUSTIN, Texas) – Thomas More College senior center fielder Laura Finke (Fort Wright, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) has been named to the 2018 Google Plus 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 a repeat selection as she was a second team selection last season.
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 graduated in May with a 3.95 grade point average in biology and was a member of the James Graham Brown Honors Program. On campus she was 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) this season. She started all 48 games for Thomas More and was 63-of-163 at the plate for a .387 batting average. Finke had seven doubles, two triples, 44 runs scored and 18 RBI, while she was 26-of-30 in stolen base attempts.
Finke and the Saints finished the season at 32-16 overall and 17-1 in the PAC regular season. The Saints won the PAC regular season and championship tournament titles and made their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.