Four players named NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland softball players Paige Terrell, Karla Pladna, Emily Smith and Leslie Barrow were recently named NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes by the national office. Student-athletes must be a junior or senior and carry a cumulative 3.5 grade-point-average or above to quality for the national award.
Terrell started all 39 games for the Bulldogs this past season, collecting 21 hits with four runs scored and four RBIs. The Gallatin, Tenn., native also recorded 10 outfield assists in 2009. Terrell received her Master’s in Arts and Education this month at CU and carried a 3.72 GPA during her Cumberland tenure.
Pladna just completed her senior season as well for CU, batting .223 in 39 starts with 25 hits, 12 runs scored and six RBIs. The Ocala, Fla., native drew 11 walks and played three positions during the campaign – first base, second base and third base. Pladna graduated with her degree in General Business and a 3.77 GPA.
Smith started 31 games, 26 times at catcher, and played in 34 contests overall for the Bulldogs. The McMinnville, Tenn., native collected 15 hits with three doubles, four runs scored and seven RBIs and also threw out 13 potential base stealers. Smith is majoring in Nursing at Cumberland and holds a 3.87 GPA.
Barrow did not play for CU in 2009, serving as a student teacher to finish her undergraduate work. The Dover, Tenn., native graduated with her bachelor’s in History and Economics with a Teacher Licensure this month and a 3.98 GPA.
A complete list of the 294 NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes may be found at http://naia.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/051909aaw.html.