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Softball - Wed, May 31, 2017
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College's Randi Bass (JR/Milton, Fla.) and Hannah Melhorn (SR/Coalfield, Tenn.) were named 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes for softball, the national organization announced Wednesday.

The announcement came during the NAIA Softball World Series in Clermont, Fla.

Bass and Melhorn are the seventh and eighth Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes in program history, and it's the third year in a row a Bulldog has received the award. Erin Cooper collected the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award in 2015 and 2016. This is the first time the Union softball program had two players receive the honor in the same year.

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.

Bass, a junior, led the team in home runs with six as she batted .306 with five doubles, four triples, and 23 RBIs. The Bulldog second baseman also scored 28 runs and was 7-of-9 in stolen bases. Bass tied the single-season record for being hit by a pitch, getting hit 12 times this season.

Melhorn, a senior, posted a .280 average with 11 doubles, two home runs, and 34 RBIs. She scored 19 runs and set a pair of program records. Melhorn set the mark for most sacrifice hits in a season with 16. Defensively, she amassed 136 assists to set the single-season record.

The Bulldogs finished the year 29-28 and finished third in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) standings with a 13-7 league mark.

To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, click here.

2017 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes - PDF