COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M softball senior Mel Dumezich was honored with a Distinguished Lettermen’s Award at the Texas A&M CHAMPS Banquet on Wednesday.
The Distinguished Lettermen’s Award is given to the top male and top female student-athletes of the year who have demonstrated outstanding athletic performance. In addition, the student has acted in a manner that has brought credit to student-athletes, Texas A&M University, and intercollegiate athletics.
Dumezich (Whiting, Ind.) is a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American, a three-time NFCA All-Region selection and a three-time All-Big 12 honoree. The right-handed pitcher has been a leader for the Aggies, both in the circle and from the plate, in each of her four seasons on the diamond.
Dumezich owns a 101-32 record, making 166 appearances on the rubber and striking out an impressive 892 batters in 857 innings of work. Her 99 complete games are highlighted by 32 solo shutouts and three no-hitters. Offensively, Dumezich has 154 career hits, including 46 home runs and 25 doubles, for 139 RBI and 101 runs scored.
For their academic efforts while participating in athletics, 16 members of the Aggie softball program were named Texas A&M Athletics Scholars. To receive the award, the student must be a student-athlete, manager or athletic trainer participating on an intercollegiate athletics team during the last calendar year and must have a 3.00 or higher GPA or a semester GPA of at least 3.00.
Current players Emily Albus, Allison Garrett, Alex Masek, Meagan May, Sara Mireles, Kaydee Rayburn, Sydney Shannon, Jenna Stark, Taran Tyler and Cassie Tysarczyk earned the award, alongside managers Alexandra Bruns, Elizabeth Bruns and Ashley Taylor. Former players Kelsea Orsak, Lindsey Sisk and volunteer pitching coach Rhi Kliesing were also honored.
May was also given a Leadership Recognition Award for her dedication and hard work as a 2012-13 Aggies CAN Co-Chair and Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) leader.
The No. 14 Aggies host Mississippi State this weekend in a three-game Southeastern Conference series. The series opener is slated for 7 p.m. Friday at the Aggie Softball Complex. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.