Morgan and Pena Earn Northwestern Mutual Academic Honor
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU Athletics has named freshman softball standout Shelby Morgan (High Springs, Fla./Sante Fe) and senior men’s golfer Brandon Pena (Clewiston, Fla.Clewiston HS) as the recipients of the Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athletes of the Month award for the month of May.

Each month, the FGCU Sports Information Department and Athletic Academic staff will choose an Eagle as the Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athlete of the Month. Factors in the selection for this honor will be a combination of superior athletic and overall academic success.

In the month of May, Morgan went 5-2 in eight appearances with four complete games, two shutouts in 43.1 innings of work and had 28 strikeouts to just eight walks. The 2012 A-Sun Pitcher of the Year led the Eagles with a 3-0 record in the A-Sun Tournament, including back-to-back shutouts against Stetson (3-0) and Kennesaw State (8-0) in the Championship game. Morgan, who holds a 3.66 GPA, was named to the A-Sun All-Tournament team and was awarded the MVP for her efforts. She followed that performance with an upset victory against fifth-seeded Florida, 2-1, in the NCAA Tournament throwing a seven-inning complete game gem allowing just one earned run on five hits to earn her 23rd win of the season.

Currently ranked No. 112 in the Golfstat Cup rankings and hopeful of a berth into the NCAA Championship, Pena’s illustrious four-year career has featured a senior campaign in which he sports a team-low 72.5 stroke average. Pena is just one of two players to participate in all 11 tournaments, providing a counting score in 32 of 33 rounds thanks in part to seven top 10s. The Clewiston, Fla. product’s team-high 18 par or lower rounds are highlighted by a 71(-1)-67(-5)-68(-4)/206(-10) scorecard at the Cobra-PUMA Invitational hosted by Xavier in which he took home medalist honors.

Recently graduating with a 3.65 GPA and an engineering degree, Pena was a finalist for the Eagle Scholar Athlete Award at the 2012 FGCU Athletics Awards Ceremony and is a nominee for the Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s At-Large team.

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