Barjaktarovich Named To CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – Lehigh Junior Shortstop Carley Barjaktarovich has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 Softball Team announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Barjaktarovich, Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Softball, was one of Lehigh’s top performers on the field and in the classroom in 2021.

The Academic All District teams are elected by members of CoSIDA whose schools are in the region. District 2 consists of schools from Washington, DC, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. To be eligible for the team, a student athlete must have an accumulated grade point average of 3.30 or better and be a starter or key reserve.

Barjaktarovich has a cumulative GPA of 3.84 as a Marketing Major. She was named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Academic All-Patriot League in May. A native of Richmond, Michigan, is a two-year member of the Patriot League’s academic honor roll, with awards pending in 2021, and has reached Dean’s List with a GPA of greater than 3.60 in each of her first six semesters on campus on Lehigh’s campus. Barjaktarovich works in the Lehigh Athletics Department as the head of Lehigh’s Student-Athlete Mentors (SAM) organization.

On the field, Barjaktarovich enjoyed a great youth campaign that culminated in the first team of the NFCA Mid-Atlantic All region. Barjaktarovich was also a selection of the All-Patriot League’s second team and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Her .471 batting average took 10th place nationwide and was the second highest single season overall in program history. Baryaktarowitsch led the Patriot League with 57 hits and 19 stolen bases and was second in the league with 36 runs scored.

On the field, Barjaktarovich was recognized as the best defensive player in the Patriot League and Lehigh’s lead hitter and spark plug at the top of the Mountain Hawks’ hit order. Barjaktarovich, a second-team All-Patriot League selection, finished with a .471 batting average, the second-highest single season overall in school history. She leads the Patriot League with 57 hits and 19 stolen bases and is second in the league with 36 runs. Barjaktarovich was called up to the All-Patriot League tournament team after standing 9-on-12 in four games with three runs scored. She has started all 106 games of her Lehigh career with Shortstop.

Barjaktarovich is the first Lehigh softball player to receive Academic All District Awards since 2016, when three Mountain Hawks were honored: Morgan Decker, Alexis Watanabe and Carolyn Wright. Decker was named the third team Academic All-American.

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