BOSTON, Mass. – For the first time in program history, junior Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.) has been named a Google Cloud/College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA) First Team All-District selection, as announced by CoSIDA Thursday afternoon.
With the first team selection, Bilotta is now eligible to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, which would also mark a first in the history of the softball program, and the second time in the history of the UMass Boston Athletics Department.
Bilotta joins men's hockey forward Albee Daley ('17), baseball utility player Dan Mantoni ('17) and women's soccer forward Krista Ledin ('13) as the only players in UMass Boston history to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams. Ledin and Daley each were named to the All-District team on two occasions.
The academic all-district teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-District consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Bilotta has earned a 3.85 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, while studying Management with a sub-plan of Accounting and Finance. The junior will be interning at Andersen Tax this summer as a tax intern. Andersen Tax is a worldwide firm that has offices across the United States and 50 different countries.
On the diamond, Bilotta was a Second Team All-Conference player as a sophomore and put together another strong season at third base this spring. After missing 10 of the team's first 11 games due to an injury, Bilotta played and started in 32 of the team's final 33 contests. She finished the season hitting .347, with 33 hits, 14 runs scored, 20 RBI and eight doubles. Bilotta tacked on six stolen bases and struck out just once in 95 at-bats. Defensively, Bilotta recorded a career-high .928 fielding percentage and posted 53 assists and 24 putouts.