Gianelloni, Landry named First-Team Southland All-Academic

N i c h o l l s S t a t e University softball sophomores Amanda Gianelloni and Megan Landry were named to the 2017 Southland Conference All-Academic Softball Teams, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.
In their first eligible season for all-academic, both players made the first team.
The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland institution. Student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.
Gianelloni, a marketing major with a 3.89 GPA, received first-team honors after pairing her academic success with a solid campaign on the diamond. The Napoleonville native earned All-Southland athletic honors for the second time in as many seasons, garnering Second Team at shortstop.
For the season, she posted a .322 batting average and was ranked 11th in the Southland Conference in RBIs with 31. Gianelloni also ranked in the top 10 in runs, total bases, hits and triples and was third in the NCAA in sacrifice flies.
A Pierre Part native and Central Catholic graduate, Landry has maintained a 4.0 GPA as a secondary education major and received Third-Team All-Southland athletic honors after following up her freshman year with a 16-win season.
Two of the victories were in the Southland Tournament, where she led Nicholls to runners-up and was named to the All-Tournament team.
Landry finished the season with a 16-8 record, a 2.68 ERA and ranked third in the Southland with 149 strikeouts. She also dominated in her relief appearances, picking up six saves to tie for second in the NCAA.
Landry concluded the regular season with a league-high three Southland Pitcher of the Week awards.
In addition to earning second place in the Southland Conference Tournament, the duo helped lead Nicholls to 30-plus wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2008-09. The Colonels finished the season with a 37-20 record, including a 19-8 mark in league play.

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