LAKE CHARLES – McNeese All-American softball catcher Erika Piancastelli and baseball second baseman Joe Provenzano have been recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America by being named to their 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District teams, released by the organization on Thursday.
Both student-athletes are making their second consecutive appearances on their respective academic teams and are now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition, which will be selected later this month.
Provenzano looks to become the four Cowboy baseball All-American honoree while Piancastelli seeks to become just the second softball athlete to be named to the list.
A native of Carlsbad, California, Piancastelli, a health and human performance major with 3.44 overall grade point average, has played a major role in the Cowgirls capturing their second consecutive Southland Conference regular season championship this year, and fourth title in the last five seasons.
She is McNeese’s career home run leader who is on the verge of breaking four more McNeese and one Southland Conference career records. She’ll enter the final regular season series this weekend with a .387 overall batting average while leading the Southland Conference with a .483 average in conference games. She also leads the conference in slugging percent (.914), on base percent (.618), home runs (7) and walks (26) in conference action and ranks fourth in the nation with 54 walks this season.
Provenzano, a 2016 Southland Conference All-Academic honoree as well as a 2015 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, has posted a 3.79 GPA in finance and is one of just three conference players to be named to the 11-player district team.
A standout in the classroom, the Downers Grove, Illinois native has also been a star on the field for the Cowboys, helping his team to a first place ranking in the league standings with three weekends left to play.
The second baseman has started in all 42 games on the season and is third on the team with a .342 batting average while ranking second with 43 runs batted in. He’s also hit five home runs, 11 doubles, one triple and has four stolen bases.