Softball places four on MVC Scholar-Athlete Team

    Mallory Duran-Sellers is one of 21 players in MVC history to earn First Team MVC Scholar-Athlete honors three times.

    Mallory Duran-Sellers is one of 21 players in MVC history to earn First Team MVC Scholar-Athlete honors three times.
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    May 21, 2012

    By Bill Ford

    MVC Scholar-Athlete Teams

    CARBONDALE, Ill.— Four Southern Illinois softball players were named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team, the league announced Monday.

    Senior Mallory Duran-Sellers, junior Brittney Lang and sophomores Kelsea Ashton and Jayna Spivey each earned first team laurels, giving SIU the most among the 12 players honored. This marks the 15th-consecutive season SIU has had at least two players named to the first team.

    The honor marks the third First Team MVC Scholar-Athlete nod of Duran-Sellers’s career, putting her among an elite group of 21 players in MVC history to achieve that milestone. An English education major with a 4.0 cumulative GPA, Duran-Sellers earned the MVC’s Elite 18 Award for softball at the 2012 MVC Tournament.

    The 2012 MVC Player of the Year, Duran-Sellers finished her senior season with an MVC-record 61 runs scored in addition to recording an SIU record-tying 45 walks in 2012. She ranked third in the MVC with a .362 batting average and drove in 24 runs with a team-high 17 stolen bases.

    An exercise science major with a 4.0 GPA, Lang earned Scholar-Athlete honors for the first time of her career. The Leavenworth, Kan., native posted 11 wins in 2012 with a 3.77 ERA and led the SIU staff in strikeouts with 75. Lang and Duran-Sellers were the only players on the First-Team to have 4.0 GPAs.

    Spivey and Ashton each pick up Scholar-Athlete honors in the first year they are eligible.

    A native of Carterville, Ill., Ashton is a biological sciences major with a 3.92 GPA. The third baseman hit .277 with 27 RBI for SIU and was third on the team with 35 runs scored. She also led the nation with 23 sacrifice hits.



    A Second-Team All-MVC selection, Spivey is also a biological sciences major with a 3.80 GPA. The Rosiclare, Ill., native hit .272 during her sophomore season and ranked second on the team in RBI (34) and home runs (7).

    In order to be eligible for the MVC Scholar-Athlete teams, 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.