Abarr Collects Capital One Academic All-District Honors

Richmond, R.I., native honored for second-straight year for efforts on the field and in the classroom

EASTON, Mass. (May 9, 2011) – Stonehill College senior second baseman/outfielder Katy Abarr (Richmond, R.I./The Prout School) has been recognized for her performances on both the softball field and in the classroom with her selection to the Capital One Academic All-District second team for softball by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) throughout New England and New York.

Abarr, who is the first Stonehill softball student-athlete to earn Academic All-District honors since outfielder Jennifer Burge collected her second of two-straight first team selections in 2004, earns the award for the second straight year with her selection to the second team after earning third team honors as a junior. She has achieved a 3.79 cumulative grade point average at the College while majoring in neuroscience. Earlier this spring she received the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medal for the second-straight year, signifying the highest cumulative GPA on her team. She was also named to the Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference team her junior year and has earned NE-10 Commissioner's honor roll and Athletic Director's honor roll honors every semester at the College.

Abarr started all 46 games for Stonehill in her final collegiate season this spring, hitting .273 (41-for-150) with 24 runs scored, a team-best 11 doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI. She hit .306 (26-85) with runners on base, including 2-for-4 with the bases loaded, and reached base 41.2-percent (14-for-34) of her opportunities when leading off an inning. Abarr also hit .392 (20-51) with runners in scoring position, converted 5-of-9 (55.6%) chances with a runner on third and less than two out and her ten two-out RBI were good for second on the team.

In 30 NE-10 contests, Abarr hit .260 (26-100) with 16 runs scored, team-best eight doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI. In her three seasons with the Stonehill softball team, she has started all 123 games played and totaled 86 hits with 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, eight home runs and 46 RBI. She was named Ace's Stonehill Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of April 24 after she hit .500 (7-for-14) with four runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in a 3-1 week for the Skyhawks.

Abarr, the daughter of Daniel and Maureen Abarr of Richmond, R.I., was valedictorian of her senior class at The Prout School in 2007. She attended Boston University for one year before transferring to Stonehill. Last summer, she was one of 50 students accepted into the College's SURE (Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience) program, where she worked on a project titled Regulation of REM sleep by Brainstem Mechanisms, focusing research on the elucidation of the role of certain brain regions in the regulation of sleep and wake.

Stonehill wrapped up its season with an 18-28 record overall, including a 14-16 mark in Northeast-10 play. The Skyhawks were 6-6 this season against the six teams that competed in this weekend's NE-10 Championships, including a split with champions Southern Connecticut State. Stonehill dropped nine one-run games, going 6-9 overall in those games decided by just a run.

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