Ferranti Named to Softball Academic All-America Team

Montclair, NJ (5/29/08) Senior Jackie Ferranti (Bergenfield, NJ / Bergenfield) collected yet another honor in her outstanding campaign of 20080 as she added another All-America accolade to her resume. Ferranti was named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America Team earning a spot on the College Division Third Team. The announcement was made by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Ferranti, College Division District 2 First Team selection, becomes just the fifth Montclair State athlete and the first female to earn Academic All-America honors from the organization.

Ferranti, a First-Team NFCA All-America, completed of one the best all-round seasons for a Montclair State player in recent memory as she helped the Red Hawks to the 2008 NJAC regular-season and tournament championships while setting a school record for win as MSU posted a 43-6 mark.

Named the NJAC Co-Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference pick (her fourth), she batted .431 this season with 66 hits, 60 runs scored (single-season record), 16 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 38 RBI while drawing a season-record 38 walks and posting slugging and on-base percentages of .745 and .542, respectively. In addition she stole 11 bases and successfully handled 126 of 128 chances in the field.

In addition, Ferranti, the 2007 Scholar-Athlete Award winner at MSU, is a four-time Dean's List Student and played the 2008 campaign as a graduate student after earning her Physical Education and Health degree in January. She completed the five-year program in 3 1/2 years and is also a member of the National Student-Athlete Honor Society. While Ferranti was with the Red Hawks, the softball team earned the Athletic Department's Team Academic Achievement Award for the highest team cumulative grade-point average three times.