University of Scranton softball players Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) and Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) were honored for their performance on the field and in the classroom on Thursday by being named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Softball Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Both players were First Team honorees for District 4 which includes Division III program throughout Pennsylvania. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America® honorees to be announced in June.
Rentzheimer and Zinn are just the seventh and eighth players in program history to earn the honor which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes who must be a starter or key reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.
Rentzheimer adds yet another award to a highly decorated career in which she was a two-time All-Landmark Conference Second Team honoree and broke numerous Scranton pitching records. This past spring, the senior posted a 13-7 record with 17 complete games in 20 starts while striking out 102 batters in 125.1 innings pitched. Rentzheimer, who had a 2.79 ERA on the season, also enjoyed a career-year at the plate, batting .293 with 29 hits including 11 doubles, tied for second-most in the Landmark Conference. She also had one home run, totaled 16 RBI, and scored 12 runs.
Rentzheimer, a two-time Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll selection, finishes her career as the Royals' all-time leader in pitching appearances (80), game started (74), wins (46), innings pitched (470.2), strikeouts (376), and strikeouts per 7-inning game (5.59) while her 2.65 career ERA is eighth-best in program history.
An exercise science major, Rentzheimer boasts an outstanding 3.92 cumulative grade point average.
Zinn built upon an already impressive list of awards following a strong sophomore campaign for Scranton. The second-year outfielder earned Second Team All-Landmark Conference honors this spring a year after collecting First Team honors as a freshman. Zinn batted .362 during the 2018 campaign with 50 hits including seven doubles, one triple and one home run. She scored 31 runs and totaled 15 RBI while posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with three assists from the outfield.
Zinn, who ranks 19th in the country in toughest to strikeout with just two strikeouts in 146 plate appearances this spring, has 92 hits over her first two seasons with the Royals including 17 doubles, two triples, and one home run. A career .374 hitter, she has also scored 57 runs while driving in 33 runs and has a career .408 on-base percentage.
An early childhood and primary education major, Zinn sports a stellar, 3.98 cumulative grade point average and was the only non-junior or senior to be chosen to the District 4 team.
To see the full 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams, click here.