AUSTIN, Texas — Berry College's Kassie Howard and Brittany Tuttle have been selected to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced today.
The program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Howard, a senior pitcher from Alpharetta, Ga., earns her second straight Academic All-America honor, earning first team honors for the first time in program history with a 3.81 GPA. She earned her fourth consecutive All-Conference honor from the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), earning the league's Pitcher of the Year award for the second time this season. She was also selected to her second National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America team, becoming the first Viking to earn first-team honors. Howard tossed 156.1 innings for the Vikings, leading the team to a 39-6 record and the team's first appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals. She finished the year with a 25-3 record and a 1.16 ERA, a career-best. Howard also struck out 209 batters on the year, while walking a career-low 43. She holds every pitching record in Berry softball history, and closes her career with an 89-10 record, striking out 736 with a 1.25 career ERA. Howard was also named the Berry College Mika Robinson Female Student Athlete of the Year.
Tuttle, a senior outfielder from Snellville, Ga., earns her first Academic All-America honor after placing on the Academic All-District team for the third straight time with a 3.93 GPA. Tuttle became the first Viking in program history so pass 100 career stolen bases this year, posting a .406 average during her final season. She also earned her third straight All-Region nod from the NFCA, posting a career-best 50 runs scored with 56 hits, 24 RBIs and a .458 OBP.
Twenty-five of the 33 members of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III softball teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 11 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA. The 11 members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.97.
The Division III Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division III Academic All-America® teams.