Simon, Zgrabik & Wallace Earn Top A-Sun Softball Honors

Monday, May 06, 2013

MACON, Ga. - The 2013 Atlantic Sun Softball season continues to prove how well-rounded the league is as FGCU's Chelsea Zgrabik and Jacksonville's Sarah Simon earned Co-Player of the Year honors, while North Florida's Kaylie Wallace landed the Pitcher of the Year accolade.

Simon leads the league in slugging percentage (.790), on-base percentage (.529), home runs (16) and total bases (113). Zgrabik hit 15 home runs this season for the Eagles while adding 56 RBIs.

Wallace ranked second in the A-Sun in conference-only ERA (1.66), while collecting a 13-2 record for the Ospreys against league foes. Overall, she finished the season with a league-high 22 wins and 1.47 ERA, while adding 122 strikeouts.

USC Upstate's Jamie Ujvari joined Wallace on the first team all-conference pitching staff as she captured the A-Sun Freshman of the Year Award. The Spartan tossed a no-hitter vs. the A-Sun Regular-Season Champion, North Florida Ospreys, in league play this year and started her collegiate career with a 16-0 record in the circle.

Lipscomb earned a pair of first team all-conference honors in the infield as freshman Brittany Elmore and sophomore Paige Neely led the Bisons. Elmore broke a Bison record in stolen with 33 this season and Neely hit home runs against six different A-Sun teams this season with a grand slam vs. Mercer.

Joining the Bisons in the infield are Jacksonville's Karson Tuck and Upstate's Maddison Kieffer. Tuck totaled 39 RBIs this season, while Kieffer hit .353 against A-Sun foes.

The Spartans' Shellie Robinson and Meredith Barnes landed first team nods in the outfielders spot. Barnes third in the A-Sun with a .374 batting average as the Spartans' lead-off hitter, while Robinson did not commit an error during A-Sun play and made just one the entire season. Robinson added 11 homers and 43 RBIs.

Mercer's McKenzie Woody rounded off the outfielders positions on the all-conference team as she led the country in hits with 80 total hits this season and finished the year with a .437 batting average; the highest in the A-Sun since 2009. Kennesaw State's senior Sharon Swanson registered 57 hits this season, which ranks third in the league to capture first-team honors in the utility spot.

UNF's Head Coach Marcie Hickey led the Ospreys to 18-6 conference season to earn the regular season title and A-Sun Coach of the Year Honors. This marks the first time the Ospreys have one the regular season title as they make their first appearance in the A-Sun Championship.

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