Northern Illinois University infielder Carly Norton was recognized for her hard work in the classroom as she was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District® Softball Second Team for District 5 as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
“She’s really stepped up for us as a junior,” said NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard of Norton’s performance this season. “She’s contributed a ton from the plate, played wherever we needed her and has done a great job.
“It’s great to see that out of upperclassmen, especially for Carly. She’s worked so hard. She’s extremely smart and talented. It’s nice to see it all come together for her.”
Norton, a junior, is second on the team in hitting with a .363 batting average and an on-base percentage of .458. A native of Oak Forest, Ill., she has 29 hits on the season, including eight doubles and a home run, and has 11 walks. She has driven in 15 runs, while scoring 13. Norton has played in 32 of NIU’s 49 games this season, starting 27 with 21 coming at third base.
The first Huskie to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades since Lindsey LaChiana earned first team honors in 2006, Norton boasts a 3.5 grade point average while pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.