LORETTO - Freshman Alexis Bower became the first St. Francis softball player to be named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year, as the all-conference teams and top honors were announced by the conference on Wednesday.
Bower also made the first team as a utility player, while sophomore Sabrie Neeb was named the First Team designated player.
Bower had an outstanding freshman season, excelling as both a hitter and pitcher. At the plate, she finished with a .305 batting average with seven home runs and a team-high 35 RBIs. The 35 RBIs are fourth in the NEC, while her 31 runs scored is tied for third in the league.
Bower also posted a .408 on-base percentage, aided by 17 walks and 10 hit-by-pitches. Her 10 HBPs are the third highest in the NEC. An everyday player either at first or in the circle, Bower was second in the conference in plate appearance with 180.
In the circle, Bower took on a more prominent role as the ace of the Red Flash staff as the season wore on. She started 27 games, fourth-most in the Northeast Conference. Bower ended her season with a 16-10 record, the third highest win total in the league.
She also led SFU pitchers in a variety of categories, including ERA (2.36), complete games (14), shutouts (two), innings pitched (154 1/3) and strikeouts (93).
Neeb tied for fourth in the NEC with eight home runs, and her 26 walks were good for second in the conference. Those free passes helped fuel her .418 on-base percentage, tops on the Red Flash.
Lady Lions honored
PITTSBURGH - Following their team's Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship on Sunday, Penn State Altoona junior pitcher Raychel DeArmitt and senior second baseman Brittany Smith were named the conference's Pitcher and Player of the Week earlier this week.
DeArmitt started all three games for the Lady Lions in the AMCC Tournament this past weekend. She went 2-0, including winning the conference title game over Mount Aloysius College on Sunday.
In 17 2/3 innings of work, DeArmitt posted a 3.96 earned run average while striking out 12 batters. She recorded her league-leading 15th and 16th wins of the season to lead Penn State Altoona to its second consecutive AMCC crown.
Smith stepped up in a big way to lead her team to an AMCC title in the final conference games of her collegiate career. The senior helped the Lady Lions achieve comeback wins against Mount Aloysius on Friday and Pitt-Bradford on Saturday by driving in the game-tying run late in each of those contests.
In the tournament, Smith batted 7-for-12 with two doubles, three runs batted in, four runs scored, and one walk drawn. She posted a .615 on-base percentage and slugged .750.
n Mount Aloysius women's bowling team members Sara Rosazza and Jennifer Craig were named to the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Academic All American team late last week.
n Mount Aloysius star Jalisa Westover was named AMCC Softball Player of the Year on Tuesday morning, and Hayley McGowan, Lindsy Sammarco and McKenzie Moore also were named to the All-Conference softball teams.
n Mount Aloysius ace Derrick Capiak added his second Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week honor this season for his efforts in an opening-round AMCC Tournament win over Penn State Altoona.