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Moore's Player of the Year Award Highlights Liberty's Five All-Conference Honorees
Moore (Sr., OF, Chesapeake, Va.) was one of five major award winners at the banquet, which officially kicked off the 2007 Big South Softball Championship.
She was joined by Radford's Ashley Taylor, who was named Pitcher of the Year, and Winthrop's Megan Evans, who took home Freshman of the Year honors. Winthrop's Laura Hill was tabbed the conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and the Eagles' head coach Mark Cooke was named Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.
Moore was also named Big South Player of the Year for her first season with the Lady Flames after transferring from Charlotte in 2005, when she became the school's fifth player to receive the lofty honor. The senior is the first player in program history to win the award twice.
Moore, who was also a first-team all-conference honoree as an outfielder, is the only conference player to be ranked in five different Big South statistical categories. She leads the league in runs (54) and home runs (19), while ranking second in RBI (53) and total bases (147) and fifth in hits (74). In just three seasons at Liberty, Moore has become the school's all-time career leader in batting average (.412), runs scored (184) and home runs (56).
Joining Moore on the all-conference first team was second baseman Dawn Jeffs (Sr., Roseville, Calif.), marking her second-straight first-team selection. The senior currently leads the Big South with a school-record 89 hits, breaking her own record of 86 set last year. She also added career-high numbers with 54 runs and 15 home runs.
The Lady Flames placed a trio of players on the second-team all-conference listing, beginning with catcher Ashley Williams, marking her third-straight second-team selection.
Williams (Jr., Lilburn, Ga.) leads the team and ranks second in the Big South with 14 doubles, while ranking third on the squad in runs (32), total bases (117), slugging percentage (.594) and home runs (12). She is second on the team and third in the conference with 45 RBI, representing the second-highest total of her career. The catcher broke the school record with 61 RBI last year.
Terra Lowe (Sr., Chesapeake, Va.) was a second-team all-conference selection in the circle for the Lady Flames. The senior was the only hurler in the league to be named Big South Pitcher of the Week four times this year, including the last three weeks of the season.
She led the Lady Flames' mound staff with a 16-8 record, a 2.36 ERA and five shutouts. Her 159 strikeouts on the year ranks second best in program history. Lowe posted a 7-1 record along with a 1.14 ERA against conference foes, striking out 59 batters in 49.0 innings of work. The right-hander also hurled a pair of no-hitters on the season.
Rounding out Liberty's selections to the second-team all-conference squad was Shannon McKain in the outfield. McKain (Jr., Hacienda Heights, Calif.) is having a banner year from the plate, as she ranks fourth on the squad with a .314 batting average, while adding 24 runs, 10 doubles, five home runs, 20 RBI and a .497 slugging percentage.
The quintuplet of players helped guide Liberty to a share of the Big South regular-season title with an 11-4 conference record and the No. 1 seed in the Big South Softball Championship. This accounts for the third time in school history Liberty has claimed the regular-season conference crown. Also, Liberty posted a 36-24 overall record, tying for the third-most wins in program history.
Top-seeded Liberty opens play at the year-ending tournament tomorrow afternoon in Game 3 of the Championship, at 3 p.m. The Lady Flames will square off against the victor of Game 1, which features No. 4 seed and host Coastal Carolina and No. 5 seed Birmingham-Southern in the 10 a.m. game.
All of Liberty's Big South Softball Championship games, which will be played at Coastal Carolina's Softball Park in Conway, S.C., can be heard live over the radio airwaves on the Flames Sports Network. Nick Pierce will be calling all the action on 90.9 FM "The Light."
Fans of the Lady Flames' softball program can also follow the entire tournament action via the World Wide Web, as each game of the Championship will be video streamed over the Big South Edge, presented by Aeropostale, at www.BigSouthSports.com.
Live stats will also be provided for each tournament game and can be accessed by clicking on the Tournament Central link on the softball web site schedule page, at www.LibertyFlames.com.
2007 Big South Conference Softball Award Winners
OF: Jessica Moore, Liberty
OF: Tessa Thomas, Winthrop
OF: Lisa Kingsmore, Winthrop
1B: Hilary Peacock, Winthrop
2B: Dawn Jeffs, Liberty
3B: Heather Fox, Birmingham-Southern
SS: Cassie Rhodes, Radford
C: Jenny Scrymgeour, Winthrop
DP: Laura Hill, Winthrop
U: Kristina Sheppard, Coastal Carolina
P: Ashley Taylor, Radford
P: Megan Evans, Winthrop
Second Team All-Conference
OF: Danyelle Gerdts, Coastal Carolina
OF: Shannon McKain, Liberty
OF: Ashley Carlson, Radford
1B: Alexandra Roderick, Roadford
2B: Allison Cantrell, Coastal Carolina
3B: Mallory Hogan, Winthrop
SS: Stephanie Reid, Winthrop
C: Ashley Williams, Liberty
DP: Ashley Taylor, Radford
U: Amy Trenkamp, Charleston Southern
P: Terra Lowe, Liberty
P: Bethney Reynoldson, Birmingham-Southern
Laura Hill, Winthrop
Dawn Jeffs, Liberty
Carla Hood, Coastal Carolina
Lindsay Creighton, Birmingham-Southern
Michelle Carlson, Radford
Ashley Conway, Charleston Southern
Player of the Year
Jessica Moore, Liberty
Pitcher of the Year
Ashley Taylor, Radford
Freshman of the Year
Megan Evans, Winthrop
Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Laura Hill, Winthrop
Coach of the Year
Mark Cooke, Winthrop