Heteniak Among 10 Finalists for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
CHICAGO - Once again, DePaul is the home to one of the classiest softball players in the country.
On Monday, senior ace Becca Heteniak was selected as one of the 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for college softball.
This is the fourth year of the award that recognizes a softball player for outstanding athletic, academic, leadership and community-service achievements. Blue Demon fans can begin voting for Heteniak at www.seniorCLASSaward.com through May 17.
Heteniak continues a Blue Demon tradition as Amber Patton, Sandy Vojik and Kate Sheaks preceded her as finalists in the last three years.
"It's a big honor, and I didn't think I'd make the top 10," Heteniak said. "It's very telling of the respect DePaul's program has across the country.
"You work hard at DePaul on and off the field and in the class room. All the community service work we do is a tribute to the DePaul family. I enjoy giving back to the community that has supported us.
"This university is so good at turning you into a well-rounded human being---especially looking to help people who aren't as fortunate in life as we are."
Heteniak was a second-team, Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American and two-time BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year in 2009. In the classroom she carries a 3.71 grade-point average, was All-District Academic last season and will be a four-time, BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection.
She has helped raise $7,000 annually in a breast-cancer walk, has made lunches for the homeless, volunteered at a Halloween party to raise money for children's AIDS research and has worked on projects with inner-city children among other community-service projects.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced at the Women's College World Series in June.