by Alan Babbitt
Hope College's Shay Pinhey handled her studies as well as she did a softball bat.
The senior from Ann Arbor, Michigan (Pioneer HS) has been chosen to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® NCAA Division III softball teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Pinhey is a third-team selection and one of 33 Division III Academic All-America softball players. She graduated from Hope last month and finished with a 3.65 GPA.
This fall, Pinhey is headed to graduate school at Northwestern University for her master's in biomedical engineering.
"Shay is driven to succeed in everything she does," head coach Mary VandeHoef said. "She was incredibly involved on campus during her time at Hope. She balanced being a biomechanical engineering major and math minor with also being an RA, serving in many groups on campus and being an All-MIAA softball player.
"Shay pursued all those things with excellence. She was such a strong example for her teammates of commitment, balance and never forgetting that people are what make it special along the way."
On the field, Pinhey batted leadoff this season and recorded a .362 batting average. Primarily a designated player in Hope's lineup, Pinhey finished with 34 runs scored and 29 runs batted in. She made the All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association First Team.
Pinhey concluded her four-year Hope career with 193 hits — fourth most all-time in team history. She also collected 98 runs batted in — ninth-most all-time among Flying Dutch players.
The Division III Google Cloud Academic All-America® programs is partially financially supported by NCAA Division III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Division III Academic All-America® programs.