The 2002-03 UTM softball team has been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as a Top 20 All-Academic Team based on grade point averages submitted for the 2002-03 school year.
Through the All-Academic Team program, the NFCA honors college teams in five categories (NCAA Division I, II, and III, NAIA, and junior college) along with high school teams.
The UTM squad ranked 16th among NCAA Division I schools, recording a superb team grade point average of 3.291.
The Skyhawks, who finished third this past season in the conference standings and advanced to the post-season for the second straight year, were one of four OVC schools honored.
Indiana State was the top team, with a 3.466 GPA, with Seton Hall second at 3.461.
Fellow OVC members Southeast Missouri State and Morehead State were third and fourth respectively with 3.458 and 3.446 team GPAs.
Eastern Kentucky, another OVC school, ranked 15th, just ahead of UTM, with a 3.307 team GPA.