August 3, 2011

Youth Rules 2011 ECAC Division III Softball South All-Star Teams

CENTERVILLE, Mass.—The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) on Wednesday announced its Division III Softball South All-Star Team. Salisbury University picked up three major individual awards including Margie Knight as the coach of the year, junior Erika Brittingham as the pitcher of the year and first baseman Harley Hill as the rookie of the year. Kate Steiner, a senior shortstop from DeSales University, was selected the ECAC Player of the Year.

Steiner was named the Middle Atlantic Freedom Conference Player of the Year and first-team all-region by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association. She batted .440 and was the team leader in almost every offensive category, including runs scored (44), hits (59), triples (7) and stolen bases (10). She had percentages of .664 slugging and .490 on-base while recording two home runs and 13 runs batted in.

Brittingham this spring earned spots on two all-America teams: Easton Fastpitch and NFCA Second Team. The Georgetown, Del., native posted a 24-3 record and a miniscule 0.85 earned-run average, which ranked fourth in NCAA Division III, and she led the nation in allowing just 2.36 hits per seven innings pitched. She also had 274 strikeouts, which ranked fourth nationally.

Hill led the team with a .428 batting average, 39 runs scored, 65 hits and 18 doubles. The Capital Athletic Conference co-Rookie of the Year also knocked in 34 runs, slugged .586 and had an on-base average of .460. She struck out only nine times in a team-topping 152 at-bats and started all 42 games. 

Knight led the Sea Gulls to a 36-6 record during her 15th season at the helm. Salisbury was a regional finalist in the NCAA tournament the Sea Gulls hosted in May, and the school captured its 15th CAC championship under Knight that included a third-straight 12-0 regular-season during conference play.

2011 ECAC Division III Softball South All-Stars
Player of the Year
Kate Steiner, Sr., SS, DeSales (Middle Atlantic Conference-Freedom)

Pitcher of the Year
Erika Brittingham, Jr., Salisbury (Capital Athletic Conference)

Rookie of the Year
Harley Hill, 1B, Salisbury (Capital Athletic Conference)

Coach of the Year
Margie Knight, Salisbury (Capital Athletic Conference)

First Team
First Base: Stephanie Farrar, Fr., Gwynedd-Mercy (Colonial States Athletic Conference)

Second Base: Malorie Sassaman, Fr., Franklin & Marshall (Centennial Conference)

Shortstop: Kate Steiner, Sr., DeSales (Middle Atlantic Conference-Freedom)

Third Base: Shannen Mohr, So., Moravian (Landmark Conference)

Catcher: Cara Montferrat, So., Centenary College (Colonial States Athletic Conference)

Designated Player: Kelly Goslin, Fr., Neumann (Colonial States Athletic Conference)

Outfield: Maria Vallone, So., Bethany (Presidents' Athletic Conference)

Outfield: Meghin Palmer, So., Marywood (Colonial States Athletic Conference)

Outfield: Caitlin Veverka, Jr., Centenary College (Colonial States Athletic Conference)

Utility: Jen Lococo, Sr., DeSales (Middle Atlantic Conference-Freedom)

Pitcher: Erika Brittingham, Jr., Salisbury (Capital Athletic Conference)

Pitcher: Elizabeth Python, Sr., Moravian (Landmark Conference)

Second Team
First Base: Caitlin Lovend, Fr., Frostburg State (Capital Athletic Conference)

Second Base: Megan Phillips, Sr., Widener (Middle Atlantic Conference-Commonwealth)

Shortstop: Megan Rizzi, Jr., Catholic (Landmark Conference)

Third Base: Hollie Sarnak, Sr., Misericordia (Middle Atlantic Conference-Freedom)

Catcher: Michelle Gravdahl, So., Salisbury (Capital Athletic Conference)

Designated Player: no other qualified candidates available

Outfield: Lindsay McCabe, So., Salisbury (Capital Athletic Conference)

Outfield: Kristen Rohe, Jr., Medaille (Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference)

Outfield: Lindsay Zekus, Sr., Manhattanville (Middle Atlantic Conference-Freedom)

Utility: Amanda Baughman, Sr., Waynesburg (Presidents' Athletic Conference)

Pitcher: Caitlin Cromley, So., Misericordia (Middle Atlantic Conference-Freedom)

Pitcher: Laura Snyder, Sr., Lebanon Valley (Middle Atlantic Conference-Commonwealth)