University of Evansville softball players Jen Stahlhut and Allison Aguilera were named to the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete team, as announced by the league's office today. Stahlhut earned first team recognition, marking the first time since 2008 that a Purple Ace has been named to the first team, while Aguilera was named honorable mention.
Stahlhut capped off her senior season ranked in the MVC's Top-15 in several offensive categories, including a fourth place standing in total doubles with 13 two-baggers overall. Leading the Evansville offense this season, Stahlhut tallied 14 multi-hit games and collected a team-high five home runs. Making a mark in UE's all-time record books, the Troy, Ill., native leaves UE ranked third with 49 career doubles, fourth with 285 total bases, and fifth with a .465 career slugging percentage. Including her 2011 All-MVC second team award, Stahlhut has received all-conference honors the past three seasons and was named to the all-tournament team in 2010.
Stahlhut is a three-time member of the MVC Honor Roll and was named as an MVC Scholar-Athlete honorable mention in 2010. Earlier this month, she was one of nine Valley players announced to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District team. Stahlhut holds a grade point average of 3.71 and is currently pursuing her master's degree in health service administration.
Making her first appearance on an MVC Scholar-Athlete team, Aguilera finished her junior year tied for 11th in the MVC with six double plays fielded during Valley play. A product of Crown Point, Ill., Aguilera ended the season hitting .220 and led the Aces with 24 pinch-hit appearances this season. Taking an active role her community, Aguilera was honored during National Student-Athlete day for tallying more than 10 community service hours while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better. The infielder also serves as a board member and representative on UE's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She has twice been named as a UE Scholar-Athlete and was named to the MVC Honor Roll in 2010. Aguilera currently holds a 3.61 GPA as an accounting major.