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Lobos Place Four on CSC Academic All-District® Softball Team

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The University of New Mexico softball program had four players earn CSC Academic All-District as Sydney Carithers, Rachael Hathoot, Amber Linton and Taylor Snow were all selected for the academic award.

It is the second-straight year earning the accolade for Linton and Hathoot and the first for Snow and Carithers. In addition, all four are recent graduates.

From Fort Worth, Texas, Carithers carries a 4.18 GPA and recently graduated with a degree in liberal arts. In her first year as a Lobo, Carithers appeared in 53 games with 51 starts, starting 36 games at third and 15 games behind the plate. She recorded 97 putouts and 68 assists, the second-most assists on the team, and caught four runners stealing with a season-high two against Houston Christian on Feb. 17.

Hathoot earned her second degree at UNM earlier this month, graduating with a master’s in project management behind a 3.71 GPA. Starting all 54 games at shortstop, Hathoot finished her Lobo career with a Mountain West All-Conference First Team selection for consecutive years. On the season, the Albuquerque native led the team in batting average (.382), hits (66) and runs scored (37), was second in on-base percentage (.423), total bases (79) and sac bunts (eight) and third in slugging percentage (.457). Her 66 hits were the most in a single season since 2016 and the eighth most in a single season in program history. Further, Hathoot led the team with 20 multiple-hit games (18 with two and two games with three) and carried a 17-game hitting streak and a 27-game on-base streak during the season.

Linton concluded her final season as a Lobo with a team-best 4.87 ERA, the second-most strikeouts at 34 and threw the third-most innings at 60.1 following an appearance in 17 games with eight starts, one complete game and two saves. The Franklin, Indiana native registered a strikeout in 14 games, nine games with multiple strikeouts and three games with five strikeouts. Linton graduated with a degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and a 4.20 GPA, and with a program-record 6.60 career strikeouts per game and 354 career strikeouts, which is fourth all-time in program history.

Rounding out the Lobo recipients is Snow, who graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in community health education with a 3.73 GPA.  From Columbia, Louisiana, Snow appeared in 27 games with 13 starts and three complete games in her final season in a Lobo uniform. She threw the second-highest innings at 72.0 and made the second-most appearances and starts with the second-most complete games among the pitching staff. In the circle, Snow had 11 games with at least a strikeout and two games with multiple strikeouts.

Hathoot was selected to advance to the national ballot for potential All-America status with first-, second and third-team Academic All-America® honorees to be announced June 18.