Five members of the Francis Marion University softball team – sophomore designated hitter Shania Domingue, sophomore right-handed pitcher Sydney Holland, junior shortstop Taylor Johnson, junior second baseman Jennie Polak, and junior catcher Chelsea Welty – have been named to the 2018 Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Softball Team.
Both Johnson and Welty garner the award for the second time.
Domingue has a 3.55 cumulative grade point average as a biology major. A native of York, S.C., she batted .333 this past season with two home runs and 23 runs batted in. She was named an NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete as a freshman and has been named to both the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll.
Holland owns a 3.522 GPA as a biology major. The Statesville, N.C., native led the Patriot pitching staff this spring with a 12-15 record and a 3.47 earned run average. She struck out 159 batters in 173.2 innings of work, and earned conference Pitcher of the Week accolades for the week of April 2-8. She was also named an NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete as a freshman and serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She has been selected to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll on every occasion.
Johnson is a political science major with a history minor and owns a 3.576 GPA. She led FMU in hitting in 2018 with a .376 average, while scoring 49 runs in 44 games and registering 13 doubles, three homers, and 20 RBIs. A three-year starter, she recently earned her undergraduate degree, but will return in 2019 for her final year of eligibility. A native of San Diego, Calif., she was named an NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete in 2017; is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, Phi Alpha Theta, and Pi Sigma Alpha honor societies; and received a D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award in 2017. She has been selected to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll twice and to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll five times.
Polak hails from Quincy, Ill., and possesses a 3.458 GPA as a biology major with a chemistry minor. She batted .234 in 42 contests this past season with four doubles and 16 RBIs. A first baseman for the Patriots in 2017, she moved to second base this year. She garnered PBC Presidential Honor Roll recognition in 2017 and has been named to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll all of her three semesters in Florence.
Welty is a biology and psychology double major with a 3.763 GPA and is part of the FMU Honors Program. An in-state native of St. Helena, S.C., she hit .346 in 23 games before suffering a season-ending injury. She also blasted five homers and drove in 20 runs, and from behind the plate, she threw out four of 13 runners attempting to steal.
She is a two-time NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete, has served on the SAAC for two years, and is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society. She has been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll on every opportunity and picked up a D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award in 2017.
Francis Marion finished its 2018 season with a 19-25 record.
Domingue is a product of Clover High School, while Holland graduated from West Iredell High School, Johnson from La Jolla Country Day School, Polak from Quincy Notre Dame High School, and Welty from Beaufort High School.
The All-Academic Team is part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of her
team's games (either a starter or significant contributor), achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at her current institution.
Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt consists of 12 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. In its short history, the conference boasts 34 NCAA Division II national championships.