WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands Softball program is one that gains recognition throughout the year for their on and off the field contributions. Numerous Patriot ladies earned recognition earlier from the Mid-South Conference, but one Patriot just recently received academic honors from the NAIA.
Senior Carrie Root (London, KY) has been named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, one of the best off the field honors you can receive.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. There were 297 student athletes for softball awarded this season with this high honor.
Root finished her senior season for the Patriots, playing in 13 games while starting in 7 of those. For her career, Root played in 102 games while scoring 26 runs. Her best season for the Patriots came in 2011, her freshman year, where she hit for a .273 average with 21 hits, 8 RBIs, and 14 runs scored.