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AnaMarie Bruni

School

South Florida

Position
Outfielder
Major
Health Sciences

Classroom

AnaMarie Bruni has done tremendously well as a student at the University of South Florida. Boasting one of the highest GPAs on the team, Bruni has a 3.83 through her three years on campus. Her selection of a difficult health sciences major truly exemplifies her abilities as a student, as she excels in a strenuous major while also being a superb softball player for USF. The senior has been a member of the AAC All-Academic Team in each of her first three years on campus. She has also been a regular staple on the USF Athletics Department Honor Roll, earning a spot on the list in each semester that the designation has been awarded. The senior graduated from the Selmon Mentoring Institute, which helps student-athletes prepare for the next step in their careers by offering real-life experience and expanding their professional network. Named after Lee Roy Selmon, the institute focuses on professional development while also emphasizing compassion and integrity.

Character

Bruni has taken steps to make the most of her position as a student-athlete at USF. A participant in USF’s Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, Bruni has taken advantage of leadership experiences that supplement other opportunities as a student-athlete. Bruni has been a selfless teammate over the course of her time at South Florida, helping mentor younger teammates when possible. The USF softball coaching staff can always count on Bruni to handle situations in a way that reflects well on both the team and USF as a whole.

Community

Bruni has emphasized having a role in the community while at South Florida. The senior focuses on improving the local community through her strengths, volunteering with organizations that have an athletics role in her community work. Bruni has worked with Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation, and Buddy Baseball in her time at USF. Using her strengths as a student-athlete, Bruni has been able to help enable everyone to participate in sports in the Tampa Bay area. Outside of athletics, Bruni has helped improve the local community with volunteer work with other organizations as well. She has spent time working with Metropolitan Ministries, a homeless outreach group based in Tampa that helps residents in times of need. The group provides jobs, childcare, housing, and meals to those who need it in the greater Tampa Bay Area.

Competition

Bruni has been one of the best competitors in Division I softball over the course of her collegiate career. As a junior, Bruni led the team in batting average (.385), slugging percentage (.503), hit-by-pitches (5), runs (41), sacrifice bunts (6), hits (72), stolen bases (33), triples (3), at-bats (187) and total bases (94). With her dominating season, Bruni was named a member of the NFCA All-Region Third Team. She was also an American Athletic Conference First Team selection and one of three players to start all 60 games during the season. In USF’s record book, she also tied for the most stolen bases (33) in a single-season in program history. Overall, the Schwenksville, Pa. native has amassed a .320 batting average with 50 stolen bases in her career. She also excels as a fielder, recording 177 putouts and seven assists with only seven errors.