Peach Belt Conference honors ASU softball standout

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Wednesday May 27, 2009

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Augusta State’s Angii Verbeelen was named the Peach Belt Conference’s Scholar-Athlete-Of-The-Year for 2008-09 at a special awards banquet at the league’s annual meetings late Tuesday.

Verbeelen, along with Lander’s Martyn Bell, were chosen by the conference’s Faculty Athletics Representatives, who looked at information on each candidate and based their vote on 50 percent academic accomplishment, 30 percent athletic achievement and 20 percent leadership qualities. The scholar-athlete award is the highest individual award presented by the Peach Belt.

Verbeelen graduated from ASU this May with a B.S. degree in Health & Kinesiology. A native of Melrose, Fla., she served as the team captain in 2009 and was president of the ASU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In the fall, she developed the campus-wide student-athlete community service day as well as volunteered at Shands Hospital Arts and Healing Program at the University of Florida. Verbeelen has also given her time to the Special Olympics, a local nursing home, and children’s cancer care center while tutoring other college students and instructing at softball camps.

She graduated with a 3.92 GPA and was named the Tommy Werrick Female Student-Athlete of the Year at ASU. She was named to the Dean’s List in 2007 and 2008, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in 2008 and 2009 and earned PBC Presidential Silver Scholar honors in 2008.

On the field, the senior hit .321 for the Jaguars in 2009. In two years on the team, she posted a career .302 average and was ranked nationally among the toughest to strike out, with only 13 in two years. She started 87 games in her two-year career, committing only two errors. This season, she helped ASU reach the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history, where the Jags advanced to the sub-regional final. Verbeelen returned to her native Florida where she plans to return to school to become a physician’s assistant.