IRVING, Texas –
Recent Charlotte softball standout Lexi Betancourt
has been chosen as the 49ers’ recipient of the 2016 Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award as announced by Conference USA Monday afternoon. Each of the 14 member schools had one student-athlete selected as their institution’s winner of the scholarship, which annually awards a $4,000 postgraduate scholarship as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.
Betancourt, a Garner, North Carolina, native, completed her athletic eligibility with the 49ers this spring and earned her undergraduate degree in exercise science with a 3.91 GPA and Magna Cum Laude. She owns a perfect 4.0 GPA in her graduate coursework in kinesiology with a concentration in clinical exercise physiology.
"This is a great honor to have Lexi represent not only the softball program but the athletic department as a recipient of the postgraduate scholarship," head coach Aimee DeVos
said. "From day one, Lexi strived and proved that academics and softball were a top priority for her. I am proud to have been able to coach her and be a part of her journey through college and softball."
This past season, she was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team and All-Conference USA Academic Team. Betancourt ranked second in the league in strikeouts looking, third in strikeouts and wins, and sixth in both opponent’s batting average and ERA. She recorded eight or more Ks in nine games in 2016, including a two-hit, 11-K shutout against former C-USA rival East Carolina.
She was a C-USA Co-Pitcher of the Week in February and carried a no-hitter into at least the fifth inning seven times throughout the campaign, including falling four outs shy against UNC Greensboro in April and a walk and a hit away from a perfect game against Western Carolina in March.
She capped her Charlotte career by becoming the program’s all-time wins leader with 72 and also first in the school record books for games started, innings pitched and appearances. She ranks second in 49ers history for strikeouts and third in shutouts.
The four-time C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal recipient and 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American had the opportunity to participate in a semester-long internship at the Levine Cancer Institute. There, she observed the role exercise and physical activity had on the patients.
After earning her master’s degree in clinical exercise, she plans to enroll in medical school.