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Finlandia’s Bent earns academic All-American honors

HANCOCK — Senior Denia Bent has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Division III Softball second team.

Bent is the first Finlandia student-athlete in any sport to be recognized.

Bent had a 3.80 G.P.A. majoring in Graphic Design. She finished her career with four season records and was ranked among the top 5 career in 17 hitting and pitching categories.

“To be recognized as one of the top NCAA women’s softball student-athletes in the nation is a testament to Denia’s character, intelligence, and athletic ability,” Finlandia softball head coach Matt Farrell said. “She led by example in the classroom and on the playing field every year at Finlandia. This award is well-deserved and she will go down as one of the finest student-athletes in school history.”

Bent is the all-time leader in assists (233), hit by pitch (33), on-base percentage (.588), runs (155) and walks (75). She was a three-time All-ACAA first team selection, two-time FastPitch News Pre-Season All-American and a two-time FastPitch News All-American. Bent led NCAA Division III in runs per game (1.55 in 2018) and least walks per seven innings (0.17 in 2019).

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