Kendal Bergman received the Outstanding Freshman Academic Achievement Award from the Mining Engineering Department.
May 1, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Kendal Bergman of the University of Utah softball team earned the Outstanding Freshman Academic Achievement Award from the Mining Engineering Department. She received the award at the department's year-end banquet on Apr. 25.
"I am extremely proud and thankful for all of the support I have received from my family, friends, teammates, professors and classmates," Bergman said. "My mom started crying when we found out because she was so happy. It's especially rewarding to earn this award while going to school with fellow mining engineering students because everyone in the department is really talented. "
This annual award is presented to an individual based on academic performance, enthusiasm, and service.
Bergman, a walk-on from Wheat Ridge, Colo., earned a 3.9 GPA during her first semester on campus.
Not only has Bergman excelled in the classroom, she has also seen success on the field during her freshman campaign. Bergman has appeared in 19 games this season for the Utes. She made first career start against Howard on Mar. 10 and registered her first career hit against Portland State on Feb. 12. She drove in the first run of her career against Rider on Feb. 25 and hit her first career home run, a two-run shot, against North Dakota Mar. 4.
"What an exciting day for `Berg'," Utah head coach Amy Hogue said. "To receive this award considering how much time she spends training and traveling with the team is almost an impossible feat. We are so proud of the work she does on and off the field."
Bergman and the Utes travel to No. 3/2 Arizona State for a three-game Pac-12 Conference series with the Sun Devils. Check out utahutes.com for live audio and stats.