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Owls have five named to Academic All-District Team

GAMBIER, Ohio — Five Kenyon College Owls were included on the College Sports Communicators (CSC) list of honorees who made the 2024 Academic All-District NCAA Division III Softball Team. The list, released Tuesday, included Madison Buckwalter, Natalya Delsante, Maddie Friday, Arianna Jalomo and Allison McCutchen.

To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete had to be a key contributor who competed in at least 90 percent of the team’s games, or started at least 66 percent of those games. For pitchers, eligibility started at 17 appearances or 25 innings pitched. The student-athlete also had to be on the team’s active roster for at least two years and had to possess a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point average. Each institution was allotted a maximum of five nominations.

Among the group of Owls, Friday was the lone senior and Delsante was the lone junior. Buckwalter, Jalomo and McCutchen were all members of the sophomore class. Friday and Delsante are now both two-time winners of the All-District award, while the three sophomores are all first-time recipients.

Friday, who recently graduated with a degree in chemistry, played both first and third base throughout the 2024 season. She posted a .989 fielding percentage with just two errors in 187 chances. At the plate, she hit .266 with 14 runs scored and 18 RBI. She also led the team with eight walks and four sacrifice flies.

Delsante handled duties at second base and hit .270 at the dish, mainly stepping in at the No. 1 or No. 2 spot in the lineup. She piled up 31 hits, 19 runs, a dozen RBI and three stolen bases. In the classroom, she majors in environmental studies.

Buckwalter, a physics major, was a key bat in the Kenyon lineup, while switching positions at first and third with Friday. She recorded a .324 batting average, the second best mark on the team. She also ranked second on the team in slugging percentage (.419), RBI (18) and stolen bases (7).

Jalomo traded places with Delsante in the team’s top two spots in the lineup. She posted a team-high 24 runs in a team-high 128 at-bats. She wrapped up the season with a .281 batting average, had 15 RBI and swiped six bases. When not on the field, she concentrated studies in her major of psychology.

McCutchen, an economics major, played outfield, pitched, and occasionally filled the designated hitter role. In the outfield, she had a .941 fielding percentage and at the plate she hit .244 with nine runs scored and three RBI. In the center of the diamond, she pitched 38 innings and produced a 4-3 record with a 3.67 ERA and 19 strikeouts.

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