Spring 2009 Issue

Rider Named Regional Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Shyla Rider slides into third base during an 8-0 win over Millersville in the Buccaneer Classic on March 16, 2008. Rider was named the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year by Barry, the SSC and the NCAA South Region.

Senior softball player Shyla Rider was named the NCAA Division II South Region Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners’ Association (DII CCA).

Rider earned a 3.96 GPA as chemistry major. She was named a First-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection as well as an NFCA Scholar All-America.

On the field, Rider earned All-SSC first-team honors as an outfielder, batting .358 with 37 RBI and 39 runs scored. She ranked seventh in the conference in runs scored, ninth in RBI, and second with six triples. Rider started all 52 games for the Buccaneers, who advanced to the NCAA Division II Softball Championship and won the SSC league title.

Rider is the third Buccaneer in the last four years to win the regional award. Greta Trotman (2003-04) won on the women’s side and Patrick Rittenauer (2006-07) won on the men’s.