Softball: Bernal claims Academic All-Conference honors at Sul Ross

Former Prowler softball standout Raquelle Bernal was recognized on Wednesday as one of 99 Sul Ross State University athletes that earned Academic All-Conference recognition by the American Southwest Conference for the 2021-22 school year.

To be eligible for Academic All-Conference honors, student-athletes must have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution. They must also have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average after the spring semester.

“I am incredibly proud of the academic performance of our student-athletes,” said SRSU Athletic Director Amanda Workman. “Finding balance between athletics and academics is especially challenging and many of our student-athletes do it so well.”

The sophomore started 35 games for the Lobos as an outfielder this past season. The lefty accumulated 19 hits and 14 runs at the plate. In the field, Bernal tallied the fifth-highest fielding percentage (.927) out of the Lobos who had at least 50 chances for a putout or an assist.

The Sul Ross softball team set a new program record with 23 wins during their 2022 campaign. The Lobos ended the season with a 23-19 record of a second-round appearance in the ASC tournament.

Bernal began her collegiate softball career at Frank Phillips Community College in Borger, Texas during the 2020-2021 school year. The freshman in college at the time put up impressive numbers before being recruited to Sul Ross. She posted a .419 batting average, 72 hits, 50 runs, and 28 RBIs in 52 games in her lone year at Frank Phillips.

Bernal was one of the softball stars of the 2020 Fort Stockton High School graduating class. Bernal had her senior season cut short due to the start of COVID pandemic but tallied a .485 batting average as a junior in 2019 and a .465 average as a sophomore in 2018.

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