Camille Benito Selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District First-Team
May 4, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic softball first-baseman Camille Benito has been selected a College Sports Information Director’s of America (CoSIDA) Capital One Academic All-District First-Team member as it was announced on Thursday by the organization. The honor is the first for Benito who produced a break-out second-season in a PBA uniform both on and off the field.
A native of Miami, Florida and a Westminster Christian product, Benito led her team in most offensive categories this season as her team finished 30-21 and ranked No. 10 in the final regular season NCAA South Region rankings.
Her selection allows her to be eligible for Academic All-America Honors by the Capital One Academic listing done by CoSIDA as well.
A psychology major with a 3.71 grade-point average, Benito has found little trouble succeeding in the classroom since arriving on PBA’s campus last year.
With only 48 at-bats as a freshman with just 11 hits, Benito’s hard-work and adjustments to the college game have truly paid off with a big season as a sophomore.
Benito finished second on the team with a .351 batting average (47-134) while firmly placing herself in the No. 4-spot in Coach Kimmy Bloemers everyday lineup. She also showed great improvement at first-base as she would go on to make only one error in 255 defensive chances for the season.
Counted on for power and production in the middle of the lineup, Benito responded with a team-best six homeruns, 37 runs batted in, 20 walks and 75 total bases. She also produced solid totals in hits (47), runs scored (21), doubles (6) and triples (2).
The All-District Team contained 12 players on the first-team, including seven players from the Sunshine State Conference and four players from the Gulf South Conference. There were two pitchers, one catcher, four infielders, four outfielders and one designated player selected in each region.