From Staff Reports
YORK, Pa. — Freshman pitcher Mary Ann Moore was named Rookie of the Year and nine Frostburg State softball players were selected to the All-Capital Athletic Conference team, released by the league office on Wednesday.
Along with Moore, first baseman Caitlin Lovend, outfielder Taylor Vandegrift and third baseman Renay Aubel garnered first-team honors. Five Bobcats were placed on the second team, including shortstop Shari Beavers and second baseman Kerri O’Malley, outfielders Bailey Ellsworth and Taylor Blevins and infielder Lauren Capece.
Frostburg State, which advanced to the CAC Tournament Finals for the third consecutive season, is 29-12 and the No. 2 seed in the ECAC South Region Tournament. The Bobcats host No. 7 Catholic (20-20) today in a first-round game at 4 p.m. A win today would tie the school record for single-season wins, set by the 2010 team.
• Moore was named the Rookie of the Year and earned first-team honors after leading the Bobcats in wins (16), strikeouts (103) and innings pitched (154 1/3). She leads the conference in saves (4), is second in wins, third in strikeouts and tied for third in ERA (2.40). She has tossed 17 complete games with four shutouts in 19 starts. She is currently fourth in NCAA Division III in saves.
• Lovend garnered first-team honors for the third consecutive year after turning in another impressive season at the plate. She is third in the nation and leads the conference in RBIs (54). The 2011 CAC Rookie of the Year surpassed her own single-season school record in RBIs and is currently four shy of setting FSU's career mark.
Lovend is hitting .413 (52-of-126) and leads the Bobcats in slugging percentage (.730), on-base percentage (.513) and walks (27). She is second on the team in home runs (11) and runs scored (43).
• Vandegrift made her first appearance on the All-CAC First Team after earning second-team honors in each of the last two seasons. She leads the Bobcat lineup in batting average (.451), runs scored (44), hits (69), triples (4) and at-bats (153). In the process, she set FSU single-season records in at-bats, runs and hits.
• Aubel rounds out the first-team selections after bursting onto the scene in her first season of collegiate softball. Aubel leads the CAC and is fifth in the country with 14 home runs. She is second in the league in RBI (49) and is third on the team in slugging percentage (.685).
• Beavers nabbed second-team honors for the second straight year after leading the league and tying a school record with 15 doubles. She also leads the conference in total bases (96) and extra base hits (23).
Beavers is third on the team in batting average (.425), on-base percentage (.463), hits (57), RBI (38) and home runs (8). In the circle, she earned five wins, with two shutouts while fanning 28 batters.
• O’Malley earned second-team honors after hitting .282 (29-for-103) with 23 runs scored, five doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs. In the conference, she hit .400 (8-for-20) with four runs, two homers and nine RBI.
• Ellsworth earned all-conference honors after finishing second in the CAC in stolen bases (15) and third in batting average (.426). Ellsworth, who started 38 games, is second the team in hits (58) and at-bats and is third in runs scored (39).
• The first-year tandem of Blevins and Capece made significant contributions in their first season of collegiate action. Blevins appeared in 35 games, with 32 starts and is hitting .329 (24-for-73). She has totaled 21 runs, five doubles, 10 RBI and five stolen bases. Capece started 38 of 40 games with 31 runs, 22 hits, five home runs and 13 RBI.