(L-R) Tori Zavodny, Julia DiMartino and Jaclyn Amader were named to the Big South All-Conference Softball team.
Official Big South All-Conference Release One day before the start of the 2016 Big South Softball Championship, Liberty earned seven postseason individual awards from the conference.
The Lady Flames placed three players apiece on the Big South All-Conference team and Big South All-Freshman team. Additionally, infielder Kassidy McCoy was named to the Big South All-Academic team.
Freshman pitcher Julia DiMartino was voted to the all-conference first team, while freshman outfielder Jaclyn Amader earned inclusion on the second team and sophomore outfielder Tori Zavodny received honorable mention. DiMartino, Amader and Sarah Robertson all appear on the All-Freshman team.
DiMartino is the first Liberty pitcher since Tiffani Smith in 2010 to be voted to the all-conference first team. She is just the second freshman pitcher in program history to make the All-Big South first-team squad, joining Ali Thompson (2001). Zavodny earns her second straight Big South All-Conference honorable mention award.
For the second year in a row, the Lady Flames placed more players on the All-Freshman team than any other Big South program.
DiMartino, a Brockport, N.Y., native, posted a 16-11 record with a 2.44 ERA, leading the Big South with six shutouts (tied), two no-hitters and 174 strikeouts. She set program freshman records in shutouts and strikeouts, while tying the freshman marks in wins and no-hitters. In Big South play, she led the league with 12 wins, four shutouts and 96 strikeouts. DiMartino was named Big South Pitcher of the Week twice.
Hailing from Rocklin, Calif., Amader made an immediate impact. During the regular season, she batted .316, including a team-best .345 in Big South play. Amader is tied for third in the Big South with 12 doubles, while also leading the team with a .484 slugging percentage. She has recorded 12 multiple-hit games, with a team-high five three-hit contests.
Zavodny, a Concord, N.C., product, continues to be a catalyst for the Liberty offense. Currently, she is batting .261 for the season, while leading the Big South with five triples. Zavodny is tied for second in the conference with 28 stolen bases, while ranking fourth in both runs scored (43) and walks (28). Additionally, she is tied for the team lead with five homers.
A Panama City, Fla., native, Robertson has split the season between the two middle infield positions. She bats .302, ranking second on the team with 34 runs scored, 26 walks and four triples. Robertson has posted 12 multiple-hit games. She hit a game-winning, eighth-inning home run against Louisiana Tech on March 4.
McCoy, hailing from Hendersonville, Tenn., has been solid at third base and in the classroom. She has hit .268, while tying for the team high with five homers. Her career-high 27 RBI are good for second on the team. McCoy holds a 3.76 GPA as an advertising and public relations major.
Coastal Carolina senior Morgan Noad, the Big South's career record holder in homers and RBI, was named Big South Player of the Year. Junior Elizabeth McCarthy of Longwood took home her second straight Big South Pitcher of the Year honor, while Lancers head coach Kathy Riley was voted Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Coastal Carolina's Taty Forbes received Big South Freshman of the Year honors, while teammate Mackenzie Conrad was named Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The 2016 Big South Softball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting begins on Wednesday at Terry Field in Rock Hill, S.C. No. 3 seed Liberty takes on No. 6 seed Presbyterian at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday in the final game of day one.
2016 Big South Softball Award Winners First Team All-Conference Bri Chiusano, OF, Coastal Carolina Taty Forbes, OF, Coastal Carolina Kelsie Sanchez, OF, Presbyterian Jamie Barbour, 1B, Longwood Carly Adams, 2B, Longwood Emily Murphy, SS, Longwood Rachel McCollum, 3B, Campbell Morgan Noad, C, Coastal Carolina Elizabeth McCarthy, P, Longwood Julia DiMartino, P, Liberty Amber Schisler, DP, Campbell Kelsey Dominik, UTL, Coastal Carolina
Second Team All-Conference Amanda Matsumoto, OF, Charleston Southern Jaclyn Amader, OF, Liberty Taesha DuBoise, OF, Campbell Mackenzie Conrad, 1B, Coastal Carolina Erin Ruff, 2B, Presbyterian Marissa Gagliano, SS, Radford Karleigh Donovan, 3B, Longwood Caitlyn Emberson, C, Charleston Southern Abby Morrow, P, Radford Sydney Gay, P, Longwood Annie Robinson, DP, Coastal Carolina Megan Anderson, UTL, Presbyterian
Honorable Mention All-Conference Glenn Walters, OF, Longwood Krista Kelly, OF, Longwood Sydney Seigler, P, Presbyterian Katie Baker, UTL, Campbell Tori Zavodny, OF, Liberty
All-Freshman Team Taty Forbes, OF, Coastal Carolina Julia DiMartino, P, Liberty Sydney Gay, P, Longwood Rachel McCollum, 3B, Campbell Megan Anderson, UTL, Presbyterian Caitlyn Emberson, C, Charleston Southern Marissa Gagliano, SS, Radford Jaclyn Amader, OF, Liberty Ashley Guillette, P, Coastal Carolina Karleigh Donovan, 3B, Longwood Sarah Robertson, 2B, Liberty Arizona Pilgrim, P, Charleston Southern
All-Academic Team Katie Baker, P, Campbell Stevi Johnson, UTL, Charleston Southern Mackenzie Conrad, P/INF, Coastal Carolina Jill Blank, OF, Gardner-Webb Kassidy McCoy, 3B, Liberty Kelsey Sweeney, DP, Longwood Erin Ruff, 2B, Presbyterian Kayla Bishton, OF/DP, Radford Zharne Glover, OF, Winthrop
Player of the Year – Morgan Noad, C, Coastal Carolina Pitcher of the Year – Elizabeth McCarthy, Longwood Freshman of the Year – Taty Forbes, OF, Coastal Carolina Coach of the Year – Kathy Riley, Longwood Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Mackenzie Conrad, P/INF, Coastal Carolina
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