PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three Seton Hall student-athletes – women’s golfer Hannah Basalone, softball’s Brittany Hammer, and Jon Prosinski of baseball – were among the 24 winners of the 2012-13 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award announced by the conference on Thursday.
The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST-sponsored sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council.
A California native, Basalone made the cross-country trip to join the Pirates for the inaugural season of SHU women’s golf in 2010. Already a two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, she has shone on the course as well over the past three seasons. As a sophomore, she became the first women’s golfer in school history to win an individual title and at year’s end was the first player in the brief history of the program to be named an All-BIG EAST performer. In 2012-13, Basalone carded one top-five and two top-10 finishes, and shot a 71 on the first day at the conference championship, matching the lowest round score on the team for the tournament.
One of only four BIG EAST Student-Athletes to earn Academic All-American honors in 2012-13, senior shortstop Brittany Hammer helped lead a resurgent Seton Hall softball team into the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time since 2009 last season. She capped her decorated career with a Third Team All-BIG EAST selection and leaves SHU ranked in the top-10 in school history in four major offensive categories. Hammer also served as Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) President and graduated in May with a degree in business administration, holding a 3.893 grade-point average (GPA) that also earned her 2013 Seton Hall Female Scholar Athlete of the Year honors.
Earlier this spring, Basalone and Hammer were among 39 Seton Hall student-athletes inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma, which recognizes upperclassmen with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.
One of the greatest pitchers in Seton Hall history, Prosinski made a school record 57 career starts for the Pirates over four seasons. A two-time BIG EAST First Team selection, no pitcher in Seton Hall history has thrown more innings or struck out more batters and only one pitcher has won more games. Tabbed as the BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year prior to the 2013 season, the Skillman native went on to log seven victories for a Seton Hall team that finished second in the league’s regular season standings.
Also a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, Prosinski was selected in the 10th round by the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this month, one of four Pirates chosen in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
These awards continue a run of recognition for academic achievement among Seton Hall’s 14 varsity programs, as five teams – men’s golf, women’s golf, softball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball – recently earned NCAA Public Recognition Award for logging a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top-10 percent of their respective sports across the membership.
Overall, SHU student-athletes currently hold a collective cumulative GPA of 3.251, a new all-time high for the department.
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