Two Ferris State Student-Athletes Recognized For Spring Academic and Athletic Success

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Two Ferris State University senior student-athletes, Becky Hoffman (Gaines/Swartz Creek) of the women's golf team and Katie Kraai (Zeeland) of the women's golf team, have been selected as 2008 spring recipients of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner's Award for Academic and Athletics Excellence in an announcement made Tuesday (June 24) by the conference office.

Both FSU student-athletes played key roles this season in leading their respective teams to a top-five or better national tournament finish. Hoffman, a three-time (2004-05, 2006-07, and 2007-08) National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-America Honorable Mention selection, helped lead the nationally-ranked 2007-08 Bulldog women's golf team to a fourth-place national showing at the 2008 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships (May 13-16) in Houston, Texas. Kraai, a third baseman on nationally-ranked FSU softball team, was instrumental in Ferris State posting a fifth-place tying performance at the 2008 NCAA-II Softball Championships (May 14-17) in Houston.

Becky Hoffman
Becky Hoffman

The 2007-08 GLIAC Women's Golf Athlete of the Year, Hoffman averaged a team-leading 77.81 strokes per round (2,490 total strokes) in 32 rounds this season. Her stroke average this campaign represented the third-best all-time single-season performance in FSU women's golf annals. A four-time (2004-08) All-GLIAC First-Team honoree, Hoffman racked up 10 top-20 place finishes in the 2007-08 season with three occuring among the top five individuals. Hoffman, a two-time (2007-08) ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division At-Large Second-Team honoree, led or tied for top team lowest stroke total honors in six tournaments this season. The two-time (2006-07 and 2007-08) FSU Most Valuable Player Award recipient earned individual medalist honors at the 2008 GLIAC Championships (April 20-21) in Arlington, Ohio, as she carded a first-place tying 226 three-round stroke total in regulation and then won a first-hole playoff.

Hoffman wrapped up her four-year (2004-08) Ferris State career as the program's all-time leader with a 78.31 stroke average (9,240 total strokes) in 118 rounds. The three-time (2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07) NGCA Scholar-Athlete All-American accumulated 40 top-20 place finishes and produced 14 top-five place performances in her collegiate career. Hoffman was tabbed the 2004-05 GLIAC Women's Golf Freshman of the Year and owns the distinction of being only the second individual in Ferris State women's golf history to attain All-America honors at least three seasons. She also was named the team's Most Valuable Player Award winner the last two seasons (2006-07 and 2007-08) after attaining the 2004-05 squad's Bulldog Award recipient for displaying the most dedication and hard work.

The Ferris State women's golf team has competed in the national tournament the last four seasons as Hoffman helped the Bulldogs to fourth place in 2005, second place in 2006, and third in 2007.

Kraai, a 2008 All-GLIAC First-Team pick, batted a career single-season best .297 average with 51 base hits in 172 at bats as a starter in all 53 contests. She also recorded a squad-high 17 doubles to go with three home runs, 32 RBIs, 34 runs scored, and a .448 slugging percentage for Ferris State, which finished the 2008 season with a 35-18 overall record and a NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championship title. The three-time (2006-08) GLIAC All-Academic Team member led the Bulldogs with 11 multiple-RBI game performances while her 15 multi-hit contests was the second-highest output among the team's offensive leaders.

Kraai concluded her four-year (2005-08) Bulldog career as the program's all-time leader with 49 career doubles while placing fourth in the record books in RBIs (105), fifth in at bats (634), tied for fifth in home runs (12), sixth in games played (202), and eighth in base hits (169). She finished with a .267 career batting average and a .410 slugging percentage.

Katie Kraai
Katie Kraai

Before the conclusion of the 2008 campaign, Kraai was bestowed with the school's 22nd annual Helen Bennett Award as the Bulldogs' outstanding female student-athlete. The two-time (2005 and 2007) National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete also earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV College Division Softball First-Team kudos. The Bulldog infielder was twice (2005 and 2007) named to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional All-Tournament Team.

Kraai was a member of three (2005, 2007, and 2008) Ferris State softball teams to earn a NCAA-II Great Lakes Region Tournament berth.

The awards, sponsored by Meijer, Incorporated, are presented after the conclusion of the respective fall, winter, and spring athletics seasons to six male and six female student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and on the fields of play. The inaugural awards were presented following the fall 2007 athletics season and included a pair of Bulldog football players in junior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) and senior defensive end Erik Schumacher (Lake Isabella/Beal City). Senior forward-center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney Nadeau) of the women's basketball team was honored as a winter 2008 award recipient.

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