May 18, 1998
East Lansing, MI -- Michigan State University softball players Margaret Hollis (Anaheim, Calif.) and Erica Strutz (Howell) and Spartan baseball player Joe Kalczynski (Farmington) have been named to the GTE Academic All-District IV team in their respective sports. Hollis' 3.98 grade-point average in microbiology was the highest among the 11 first team players named to the softball squad. The sophomore catcher had a batting average of .325 with 54 hits and 27 RBI in 1998.
Strutz, who was one of two pitchers named to the team, has a 3.55 GPA in history. The Spartan sophomore posted a 10-4 record with a 2.10 ERA this season. She collected four shutouts, three saves and 58 strikeouts.
Kalczynski, a sophomore catcher for the Spartans, carries a 3.56 GPA in civil engineering. He batted .296 with 42 hits and 23 RBI in 1998.
The district team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or top reserve and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Team members are selected by a vote of members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) within the district.
All three players will appear on the national ballot for the opportunity to earn GTE Academic All-America honors. Those squads will be announced the first week in June.