Barjaktarovich Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Joined By O’Rourke on Academic All-League Team

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BETHLEHEM, PA. – Lehigh Junior Shortstop Carley Barjaktarovich was named Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year for softball, the league announced on Monday. The Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year 2021 receives her second major postseason award. Barjaktarovich is also a member of the Academic All-Patriot League team, where she is supported by her junior captain and partner in the middle infield, Karsen O’Rourke.

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Academic All-Patriot League teams are elected by the league’s sports information directors. To be eligible, a sports student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20 and be a starter or key player in their sport. Freshmen or students in their first year of school at their school are not entitled to the award.

Baryaktarovich has a cumulative GPA of 3.84 as a marketing major. A native of Richmond, Michigan, is a two-year member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and has created Lehigh’s Dean’s List with a GPA greater than 3.60 in each of her first five semesters on campus. Barjaktarovich works in Lehigh’s athletics department as the head of the Lehigh Student-Athlete Mentors (SAM) organization.

Earlier this month, Barjaktarovich won three awards at Lehigh’s University Awards Convocation: Contribution to the Student Life Award, the Student Senate Leadership Award, and the Class of 1904 Award.

On the field, Barjaktarovich was recognized as the best defensive player in the Patriot League and Lehigh’s leading batsman, as well as being the spark plug on the Mountain Hawks’ batting order. Barjaktarovich, an All-Patriot League selection of the second team, ended the season with a batting average of 0.471, the second-highest overall season in school history. She leads the Patriot League with 57 hits and 19 stolen bases and ranks second in the league with 36 runs. Barjaktarovich was called up to the All-Patriot League tournament team after he was 9-12 on the plate in four games with three runs scored.

Barjaktarovich is the 10th distinct Lehigh softball player to win Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year and the first since Carolyn Wright in 2017.

O’Rourke was also the second All-Patriot League winner on the second base. She finished fourth in the Mountain Hawks with an average of 0.295 and is third on the team with 15 runs. O’Rourke hit 0.323 with 12 RBIs during the Patriot League regular season. In the Patriot League tournament, O’Rourke had an RBI single and a run scored in Lehigh’s inaugural win over Colgate, and went 3-2 in Saturday’s championship game against Boston University.

Academically, O’Rourke has a 3.80 GPA with an emphasis on Earth and Environmental Sciences. She is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, a four-time Dean’s List student and received a 4.0 GPA in the fall semester of 2020.

The Mountain Hawks reached the championship round of the Patriot League tournament for the fourth time in a row and finished second for the third time in a row after Boston University. Lehigh finished the 2021 season with an 18-16 record.

2021 Patriot League Softball Scholar-Athlete: Carley Barjaktarovich, Lehigh, Jr.

Academic all-league

Alicyn Grete, Army West Point, Sun.
Nicole Amodio, Boston University, Jr.
Caitlin Coker, Boston University, So.
Emily Gant, Boston University, Jr.
Jess Hom, Bucknell, Sr.
Steph Jacoby, Colgate, Sun.
Virginia Irby, Colgate, Gr.
Kelly Nelson, Holy Cross, Jr.
Natasha Miner, Lafayette, Jr.
Morgan Olynyk, Lafayette, Sun.
Karsen O’Rourke, Lehigh, Jr.
Carley Barjaktarovich, Lehigh, Jr.

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