Kelly Zaccheo (Scranton, Pa./West
Scranton), a senior infielder on The University of
Scranton softball team, knocked it out of the park today.
For her efforts in the classroom and on the softball diamond, Zaccheo was named third-team Academic all-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in a program sponsored by Capital One.
She becomes the 26th student-athlete from The University of Scranton to be named CoSIDA Academic all-American and the third from the Royal softball program, joining Kelly Guiton (2nd team, 1987) and Cheryl Zekas (3rd team, 1990).
On the diamond, Zaccheo was a four-year starter who finished her career with a .277 batting average, including 105 hits, 21 doubles, three home runs, and 37 RBI. She also posted a career slugging percentage of .356 and an on-base percentage of .354. In addition, she is fourth in at-bats (379) and tied for eighth in doubles (21) in Royals’ history.
This past season was Zaccheo’s most productive, earning second-team all-Landmark Conference honors as the Royals finished with a 26-10 record and advanced to the Landmark Conference tournament under first-year head coach Mia Collarini. She started 34 games and batted a career-high .395, with 14 doubles, three home runs, and 20 RBI.
In the classroom, Zaccheo maintained a 3.8 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale while earning degrees in biomathematics and philosophy. A member of the university’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program, she has been inducted into the following academic honor societies: Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society), Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics), and Phi Sigma Tau (philosophy). She will also receive the department award in biomathematics at university’s 2012 commencement exercises this Sunday, May 27.
Zaccheo, who received the Carlesimo Award for academic and athletic excellence at the university’s Senior Student-Athlete Banquet on Saturday, May 12, served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, treasurer of the Health Professions Organization, and was a member of the Math Club, Colleges Against Cancer, President’s Student Cabinet, and Scranton Emerging Leaders. This fall, she has accepted a position to do mathematical research at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.