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Williams and Bennett Honored by Big South

May 7, 2008
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Ashley Williams became the first player in program history to be named to an all-conference team four-straight years.

Ashley Williams became the first player in program history to be named to an all-conference team four-straight years.

For the fourth-consecutive year, Ashley Williams was honored by the Big South Conference, while Beth Bennett received her first career conference recognition. The pair of players were honored by the Big South at the league's annual awards banquet held Wednesday evening, prior to the opening of the 2008 Big South Softball Championship.

Williams (Sr., DP, Lilburn, Ga.) was named to the Big South second-team all-conference squad as a designated player. During the first three years of her career, the senior was named to the league's second-team all-conference squad three-straight years as a catcher.

With this year's distinction, Williams become the first player in program history to be named to a Big South all-conference team four-straight years.

Williams ranks third on the team with a .267 batting average, while leading the team with 11 doubles and nine home runs. She is tied for the team lead with 25 RBIs, which helped her become the program's all-time RBIs leader this year (165).

The designated player also became the program's all-time leader in hits (243), doubles (50) and at bats (763) during the course of the season.

Bennett (Jr., 1B, Powhatan, Va.) is having a banner year and was honored for her efforts in the classroom by being named to the Big South all-academic team.

The junior leads the Lady Flames with a career-best .337 batting average and 56 hits, while tying Williams for the team lead with 25 RBIs. She ranks second on the club with 10 doubles and is the most patient on the squad with 22 walks.

Top seed Winthrop dominated the major awards handed out at the banquet, as Lisa Kingsmore was named Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while head coach Mark Cooke was tabbed Coach of the Year for the second-straight year. Radford's Ashley Taylor was named the league's Pitcher of the Year for the third-consecutive season, while her fellow teammate Shannon Keefe was named the conference Rookie of the Year.

Liberty opens the 2008 Big South Softball Championship tomorrow morning when they take on No. 5 seed Birmingham-Southern at 10 a.m., in Game 1 of the three-day event. The victor in the contest takes on No. 1 seed Winthrop at 3 p.m., later that afternoon.