Five Salukis Earn MVC Scholar-Athlete Recognition

    Kalyn Harker was one of three Salukis with perfect 4.0 GPAs recognized by the MVC on Monday.

    Kalyn Harker was one of three Salukis with perfect 4.0 GPAs recognized by the MVC on Monday.
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    May 19, 2014

    MVC Release

    ST. LOUIS - Five Southern Illinois softball players earned recognition on the Missouri Valley Conference's Scholar-Athlete teams, the conference announced Monday. Kelsey Gonzalez, Kalyn Harker and Jayna Spivey earned first-team honors, while Michelle Glenn and Alyssa Wunderlich earned honorable mention nods.

    With three student-athletes on the first team, SIU tied for the most of any Missouri Valley Conference school, and Southern placed at least two members on the first team for a 17th-consecutive season. SIU had three of the five eligible MVC players with perfect 4.0 GPAs and two of the four first-team honorees with a perfect academic mark. Kelsey Gonzalez, Kalyn Harker and Alyssa Wunderlich all have cumulative GPAs of 4.0.

    In order to be eligible, student-athletes must have at 3.2 GPA or higher, be at least a sophomore in athletic and academic standing and meet certain playing requirements.

    Kelsey Gonzalez earned her first first-team MVC Scholar-Athlete team selection in her first season eligible after posting a 4.0 GPA in marketing through her first three semesters. Gonzalez led the MVC and ranked fourth nationally in sacrifice flies and also led the MVC in batting average against left-handed pitchers at .500. She ranked third on the team and 14th in the MVC with a .328 average, and she ranked among the top-three on the team in hits, batting average, slugging percentage, multi-hit games and multi-RBI games. She earned MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors after slugging .933 in SIU's series win over eventual regular season league champion Wichita State.



    Kalyn Harker, a junior, earned her second-straight first-team MVC Scholar-Athlete team selection, having also earned the honor last year. Harker holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in biological sciences. Harker hit .313 with 10 doubles and two triples to go along with 19 RBIs from the leadoff spot for the Salukis this year. She was 14-15 in stolen base attempts and ranked fourth in the MVC in average against left-handed pitching, sixth in the conference in sacrifice bunts and eighth in stolen bases.

    Jayna Spivey is now a three-time first-team selection to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team. She holds a 3.761 GPA in biological sciences. She is a two-time Academic All-District selection and a four-time All-MVC selection, including three first-team All-MVC honors. She is SIU's all-time RBI leader with 147, which ranks fifth in MVC history. This past year, she set an SIU record with an MVC-leading 17 doubles, which ranked 19th nationally. She led the team in batting average, hits, runs, doubles, home runs and slugging percentage and ranked in the top-10 of the MVC in nine offensive categories while starting all 52 games. She earned third-team All-Mideast Region honors after the year.

    Michelle Glenn, a senior, earned honorable mention Scholar-Athlete team honors for the first time. She holds a 3.864 GPA in elementary education. Glenn started 42 games for the Salukis this year and hit .287 while playing nearly flawless defense in the outfield with a .978 fielding percentage. She was a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen base attempts and ends her career a perfect 17-for-17 stealing bases. She led the team and ranked fifth in the MVC in steals, and she had six multi-hit games in 2014.

    Alyssa Wunderlich, a junior, earned her second-straight honorable mention Scholar-Athlete team selection. She holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in communication disorders and sciences. She played in 13 games and posted six starts for the Salukis. She went 4.2 inning scoreless against Saint Joseph's and another 3.0 innings scoreless and without allowing a hit against Savannah State.