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Tory Speer Named ACC Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

Tory Speer is the first BC women's softball player to earn the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year honor.

Tory Speer is the first BC women's softball player to earn the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year honor.

June 27, 2014

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College senior Tory Speer was named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year and headlines the All-ACC Academic Softball team, as announced by Commissioner John Swofford. Along with Speer, sophomore Megan Cooley and graduate student Nicole D'Argento were named to the All-ACC Academic team.

Speer, who graduated from BC in May 2014 with a degree in communications, is the first BC softball player to earn the conference Scholar Athlete of the Year Award. She was an All-ACC second team selection this past season.

A native of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Speer had a batting average of .355 and led the team in home runs (12), RBIs (48), doubles (14), slugging percentage (.717) and total bases (99). Speer was also first in the ACC and seventh in the country in walks (46).

The Eagles catcher was a recipient of the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship and a four-year recipient of the Athletic Director's Award for Academic Achievement. She was a 2014 NFCA Mid-Atlantic second team selection.

Cooley, a native of Mill Creek, Wash., led the Eagles with a.360 batting average, 63 hits and was second in on base percentage at .448. A sophomore centerfielder, Cooley also had a team-high 19 stolen bases and 68 total bases. She is a two-time Athletics Director's Award for Academic Achievement and an ACC honor roll recipient.

D'Argento, a graduate senior from Ashland, Ma, was the Eagles mainstay on the mound as she posted a career-high 18 victories and had a team-high 2.70 ERA. D'Argento was third in the ACC in appearances (41) and games started (35) and fifth in ERA. When not on the mound, D'Argento was a solid at first and had a .415 on base percentage and was second on the team in walks with 41.

D'Argento earned her undergraduate degree in education in May of 2013 and graduated from the Woods School of Administrative Studies on May 2014.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.

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