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Cowgirl Alanna Divittorio connects with a pitch in the first inning Sunday during McNeese's showdown with Lamar. McNeese won, 13-3 in five innings. <br />

Cowgirl Alanna Divittorio connects with a pitch in the first inning Sunday during McNeese's showdown with Lamar. McNeese won, 13-3 in five innings.

DiVittorio named SLC's top softball student

Last Modified: Thursday, June 19, 2014 3:20 PM

By Albert Burford / American Press

After a record-breaking season, McNeese State softball senior outfielder Alanna DiVittorio was named the Southland Conference softball student-athlete of the year on Wednesday.

DiVittorio is the first softball player to win the award and joins Jasmine Cornelius (track), Kevin Hardy (men’s basketball), Allison Baggett (women’s basketball) and Klaudia Gawlik (women’s tennis) as McNeese athletes who won the award this season.

DiVittorio was named SLC Player of the Year in May and earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-American second team. She broke nine McNeese and SLC records this season. She led the Cowgirls in seven offensive categories.

DiVittorio excelled as a civil engineering major with a 3.81 grade-point average.

“She’s a competitor,” former McNeese softball coach Mike Smith of Ole Miss said of DiVittorio. “She wants to be successful in what she does. She’s an engineering major, so she’s a smart cookie. She knows what she’s doing. She’s probably the most patient hitter I’ve ever coached. She’s very talented. There’s a lot of things she does that other people in the country can’t do.”

Fellow senior Katie Roux (4.0 GPA, health education) was also named to the SLC All-Academic first team along with sophomore Jamie Allred (3.87, accounting).

Lauren Langner (3.5, general studies) and Emily Vincent (3.28, health and human performance) named to the second team.

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