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Lady Flames Place 3 on Big South All-Conference Softball Team

May 10, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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(L-R) Tori Zavodny, Julia DiMartino and Jaclyn Amader were named to the Big South All-Conference Softball team.

(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