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Villarreal Receives Academic Momentum Award 
 December
14th,
2011
 COLLEGE
STATION,
Texas

 Texas
A&M
softball
senior
Natalie
Villarreal
was
selected
to
the
Academic
 Momentum
Award
First
Team
by
Scholar
Baller
and
the
National
Consortium
for
 Academics
and
Sports
(NCAS),
the
award
sponsors
announced
recently.
 Villarreal
(Frisco,
Texas)
joined
a
group
of
17
male
and
female
student‐athletes
on
 the
AMA
first
team
and
was
the
only
softball
player
and
Big
12
athlete
on
the
first‐ team
list.

 The
senior
Agricultural
Leadership
and
Development
major
overcame
adversity
in
 the
classroom
while
excelling
on
the
playing
field
to
deserve
the
honor.
After
an
 outstanding
freshman
season
in
which
she
started
in
each
of
the
Aggies'
contests
at
 second
base
and
a
sophomore
campaign
that
ended
with
a
Big
12
Defensive
Player
 of
the
Year
Award,
Villarreal
withdrew
from
the
university
due
to
academic
 struggles.

 A
semester
away
from
the
diamond
was
enough
to
convince
the
star
infielder
that
 she
belonged
at
A&M.
In
January
of
2010
she
began
online
classes
through
another
 institution
to
regain
eligibility.
That
summer
Villarreal
returned
to
Aggieland
and
 earned
14
credit
hours
through
classes
on
campus.
Still
needing
a
grade‐point‐ average
(GPA)
boost,
the
left‐handed
second
baseman
worked
hard
to
become
 eligible
for
the
spring
with
a
13‐hour
fall
schedule.
The
work
paid
off
as
Villarreal
 earned
an
award‐worthy
3.307
GPA
that
semester
and
began
training
with
the
 Aggies
again
last
January.

 In
her
redshirt
junior
season,
Villarreal
was
named
to
the
All‐Big
12
First
Team
and
 the
All‐Region
Second
Team,
and
was
again
awarded
the
league's
top
defensive
 honor
for
her
prowess
in
the
middle
infield.
This
is
her
first
AMA
honor.
 The
Aggie
softball
team
turns
on
the
lights
to
a
competitive
2012
campaign
at
the
 Kajikawa
Classic
on
Feb.
10
against
2011
NCAA
Super
Regional
competitor
Stanford.
 The
Aggies
will
play
several
NCAA
Tournament
teams
this
spring,
and
will
host
 three
tournaments
at
the
Aggie
Softball
Complex.
To
learn
more
about
Texas
A&M
 softball,
log
on
to
AggieAthletics.com.
 


Villarreal Receives Academic Momentum Award  

Texas A&M softball senior Natalie Villarreal was selected to the Academic Momentum Award First Team

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