Softball's Belknap, Hugate named Academic All-District

Softball's Belknap, Hugate named Academic All-District

Greenwood, Ind. -- Two University of Lynchburg softball players earned spots on the Google Cloud College Sports Information Directors of America's Academic All-District team, CoSIDA announced Thursday afternoon.

Senior pitcher Taylor Belknap (Arden, N.C.) and junior shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.) were two of 11 players voted onto the Division III District 5 team, which covers the American Southeast from Mississippi to Virginia.

The honor makes the Lynchburg duo eligible for CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams, which will be released next month. The Academic All-America program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

Lynchburg softball has had players earn Academic All-America honors on three occasions, Christy Mays in 2005 and Brittany Allsop in 2007 and 2009.

RELATED: 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District Softball Teams

Belknap, a political science and philosophy double-major, carries a 3.89 cumulative GPA and will head to University of North Carolina's School of Law after graduation. She has enjoyed a career year in the circle for the Hornets with a 9-3 record and a 2.94 ERA in 69 ⅓ innings, all career-bests. Belknap was the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Hugate, who is majoring in biomedical science and holds a 3.85 GPA, has been a staple at the top of the Lynchburg batting order. She leads the team with 12 doubles and 44 runs scored, hitting .355 with 19 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

Lynchburg's softball team brings its 32-12 record and No. 17 national ranking into the NCAA tournament's Virginia Beach Regional, where the Hornets will take on No. 13-ranked Manhattanville in the tournament's first ballgame. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Virginia Wesleyan University.

RELATED: Softball earns NCAA bid, heads to Virginia Beach Regional

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Sat Aug 24
11:30 AM
Lynchburg
at Virginia St.
Scrimmage
Sat Aug 24
12:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shippensburg
Scrimmage
Fri Aug 30
at Liberty University Challenge
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Fri Aug 30
3:30 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Fri Aug 30
5:30 PM
Bryn Mawr
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Fri Aug 30
7:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Aug 31
10:00 AM
Meredith
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Sat Aug 31
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Aug 31
2:00 PM
Catholic
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Sat Aug 31
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Johns Hopkins
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
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Wed Aug 21
7:30 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Scrimmage
Fri Aug 30
7:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Sep 07
5:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
vs. Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational
Sun Sep 08
4:30 PM
Regent
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
7:00 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
7:00 PM
Oglethorpe
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon
vs. Lynchburg
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Sat Aug 31
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Johns Hopkins
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sun Sep 01
3:00 PM
Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
vs. Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sat Sep 07
12:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
2:00 PM
Kalamazoo
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
at Emory
Sun Sep 15
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
at Piedmont
Piedmont Invitational
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 05
1:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
4:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
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