Block, Dew Named to C-USA All-Academic Team
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Conference USA announced the 2016 All-Academic team and Danielle Block and Tori Dew were named to the 11-member team. For Block, it is the second time she has been voted to All-Academic team, while it is the first time for Dew.
Block joins Mackenzie Sher (2013 and 2014) and Leslie LeJune (2011 and 2012) as the only two-time recipients in school history. It is the second time since the All-Academic team was founded in 2007 that Southern Miss has placed multiple student-athletes on the team. The Golden Eagles had two honorees (Sher and Kimberly Wagner) in 2013.
Block, who boasts a 3.918 grade point average in biology (pre-med), was First Team Academic All-District (2015), Conference USA All-Academic Team selection (2015), C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16), C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16), and C-USA Spirt of Service Award (2014-15) recipient. She has been a member of the President's List and Dean's List, while being a Southern Miss Most Outstanding Freshman Finalist (2014) and earning the Freshman Outstanding Scholar Award (2014). This season she was the SAAC Vice President (2015-16) and has been voted incoming President for 2016-17. Block ended the regular season second on team in ERA, opponent batting average, win-loss percentage, wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, appearances, games started, and strikeouts looking. She ranked in C-USA games only in ERA (8th), wins (10th), starts (10th), and opponent batting average (12th). Block posted two complete game shutouts and a combined shutout on season, while notching 12 games (6 C-USA games) allowing one earned run or less. She recorded multiple Ks in eight games. Block had 12 appearances with no extra-base hits allowed and 19 outings with one earned run or less.
Dew, who owns a 3.800 GPA in special education, leads team in on-base percentage, doubles, walks, hit by pitch, games played, games started, fielding percentage, total chances, putouts, and fielding double plays; second on the team in batting average, slugging percentage, base hits, total bases, and total plate appearances; third on the team in runs scored and sacrifice flies; and fourth on the team in RBI, sacrifice bunts, and at bats. Dew, who was the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Player of the year, ranks in the conference in total chances (1st), putouts (1st), doubles (3rd), walks (4th), on-base percentage (6th), fielding percentage (9th), fielding double plays (9th), and batting average (17th), while ranking in doubles (2nd), total chances (3rd), putouts (5th), and batting average (24th) in C-USA games only. The former NJCAA Division II All-American reached base safely in 45 of 54 games, including recording base hits in 34 games with 18 multi-hit games (nine in C-USA).
Southern Miss opens play in the 2016 Conference USA Championships on Wednesday evening at Lovelace Stadium in Denton, Texas on the campus of North Texas. The Golden Eagles, who earned a No. 3 seed in the tournament, will face the winner of No. 6 UTEP and No. 7 FIU at 7:30 p.m.