SAN LUIS OBISPO – Four Cal Poly softball players – righthander Steffi Best, left fielder Sydney James, right fielder Crimson Kaiser and second baseman Sarah Wulff (above) – earned NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete praise for the 2019 season.
To be eligible for the NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Team, honorees had to earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the 2018-19 academic year.
Best, a communications major, finished her 2019 junior season ranked second among Big West Conference pitchers with 29 starts, fifth with 12 complete games, sixth with 153.0 innings pitched, eighth with 34 appearances and 10th with 66 strikeouts.
James, a psychology major and senior in 2019, finished her career with a third successive scholar-athlete award. James started during 37 of her 43 appearances in 2019 and set a new career high with 16 hits.
Kaiser, an animal science major, also departed the Mustang program as a three-time NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete honoree. Kaiser led the Big West last spring with a perfect fielding percentage and finished her career with 111 successive starts.
Wulff, a kinesiology major, was also named to the scholar-athlete team in 2018. In a career high 41 appearances as a sophomore in 2019, Wulff led Cal Poly with a .297 batting average and seven steals in eight attempts.
Since the 2014 season, the Cal Poly program has enjoyed 23 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete selections.