PHILADELPHIA – Proving to be one of the top student-athletes in the Atlantic 10, Saint Joseph’s sophomore outfielder Dana Parks (Vineland, N.J./Vineland) was named to the A-10 Softball Academic All-Conference Team, conference officials announced on Friday.
Entering the final week of the regular season, Parks leads the A-10 in batting average (.438) and ranks second in hits (63) and runs (38), while boasting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Starting all 42 games in center field, she has helped the Hawks to a 28-14 overall record and a berth in next week’s Atlantic 10 Tournament.
A speedy leadoff hitter, Parks is within reach of the Saint Joseph’s single-season hits record, as she’ll start Sunday’s contest against Coppin State just three hits shy of matching the mark of 66 hits. An elusive runner, she has already set the SJU single-season mark for stolen bases (20) and cracked the 100-hit plateau for her career earlier in the season.
A marketing major with a 3.68 grade-point-average, Parks is the 39th Hawk to earn A-10 Academic All-Conference honors
Joining Parks on the Academic All-Conference team are Charlotte’s Tenaya Tucker and Whitney Williams; Dayton’s Kathleen Maloof; Jen Mineau and Beckah Wiggins of Fordham; Kyllie Magill of Massachusetts; St. Bonaventure’s Kara Morenus; Saint Louis’ Kristin Nicoletti; and Samantha Schoell of Temple. Mineau was also recognized as the A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year as voting was conducted among the conference's sports information directors.
Parks and the Hawks cap the regular season this Sunday against Coppin State. The single game begins at noon at Haverford College’s Class of ’95 Field.