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Eight Kats Earn All-Southland Honors
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Release: 05/08/2012
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Kim Damian was named "Hitter of the Year" and was one of three Sam Houston State players honored as first team selections as the 2012 All-Southland Conference softball team was announced Tuesday afternoon.

Eight Bearkat players were named to the 2012 All-Southland squad, the most since Sam Houston's 1993 Southland Conference championship that went on to win the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) title.

Damian at first base, Shelbi Tucker at third base and outfielder Tori Benavidez were voted as first team all-league selections. Catcher Hillary Adams, one of only seven freshmen to be named all-conference, was a second team honoree for Sam Houston.

Shortstop Sarah Allison and designated player Ashley Isbell were named to the third team and pitchers Tomi Garrison and Shelby Lancaster were honorable mention selections.

Damian, a junior from Angleton, leads the Southland in slugging (.701) and ranks fourth in batting average (.373) as the Bearkats' hitting leader in 2012. She totaled 14 multiple hit games and produced the Kats' longest hitting streak of the season (eight games).

Tucker, a junior from Montgomery, is second in the conference in slugging and is the Bearkats' leader in RBIs this year with 36. Tucker leads the team with nine multiple RBI games. Tucker and Damian both have totaled 10 home runs in 2012, the top total in the Southland.

Benavidez earned All-Southland honors for the second time in her career. She is Sam Houston's second-leading hitter this year and ranks 11th in the league with a .333 batting average. She also has totaled 14 multiple hit perforances.

Adams ranks fourth in the Southland Conference with eight home runs this season. The freshman from Elgin hit .275 this season with 18 RBIs and six multiple hit performances.

Allison has been a key defensive player at shortstop and hit .262 with seven home runs. The sophomore from College Station A&M Consolidated totaled 11 multiple hit games this season.

Isbell has seen action both at catcher and designated player, hit .239 in 2012. The junior from Katy Taylor has totaled four multiple hit games and produced a .977 fielding average.

Garrison, a senior right-hander from Garland, and Lancaster, a sophomore hurler from Tomball, gave the Bearkats a potent 1-2 punch in the circle this season. Earning All-Southland honors for the second time in her career, Garrison produced a 10-8 won-loss record, a 2.95 ERA and was credited with three saves. Lancaster is 11-7 in the circle with a team-leading 2.64 ERA.

The Sam Houston softball team begins competition in the 2012 Southland Conference tournament in San Antonio Thursday. The last time the Bearkats were No. 2 seed (in 2007), SHSU won the event to advance to the NCAA Regionals.

2012 All-Southland Conference Softball Team

First Team

   

Pos.

Name

University

Class

1B

Kim Damian

Sam Houston State

Jr.

2B

Anna Bertot

Nicholls State

Jr.

3B

Shelbi Tucker

Sam Houston State

Jr.

SS

Molly Fichtner

UTSA

So.

C

Megan Low

UTSA

Fr.

UT

Melissa Bryant

Central Arkansas

Jr.

DP

Ashley Modzelewski

McNeese State

Fr.

OF

Claire Terracina

McNeese State

Sr.

OF

Nicole Beals

Central Arkansas

Sr.

OF

Tori Benavidez

Sam Houston State

Jr.

P

Chandler Hall

Texas State

Sr.

P

Kelsie Armstrong

Central Arkansas

Jr.

       

Second Team

   

1B

Haley Lemons

Texas State

Jr.

2B

Anna Hernandez

Texas State

Jr.

3B

Ashley Ray

Nicholls State

Sr.

SS

Tara McKenney

Northwestern State

So.

C

Hillary Adams

Sam Houston State

Fr.

UT

Teri Lyles

UT Arlington

Jr.

DP

Katie McGregor

Central Arkansas

Sr.

OF

Alanna DiVittorio

McNeese State

So.

OF

Stephanie Lasley

Central Arkansas

Jr.

OF

Brooke Baker

Texas State

Jr.

P

Anne Marie Taylor

Texas State

Jr.

P

Greta Cecchetti

A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

       

Third Team

   

1B

Ashley Boswell

Central Arkansas

Fr.

2B

Ashley Kappler

UTSA

Sr.

3B

Tiffany Roby

Central Arkansas

Fr.

SS

Sarah Allison

Sam Houston State

So.

SS

Selena Hernandez

Texas State

Fr.

C

Melanie Bryant

Central Arkansas

Jr.

UT

Elizabeth Arana

Stephen F. Austin

So.

DP

Ashley Isbell

Sam Houston State

Jr.

OF

Samantha Roberts

Northwestern State

Sr.

OF

Megan Gaspard

Nicholls State

Sr.

OF

Courtney Buchman

UTSA

Fr.

P

Tiffany Denham

McNeese State

Sr.

P

Haylee Staton

UTSA

Jr.

Honorable Mention - 1B: Brianna Rodriguez, NWSt; Caitlyn Ivy, UTSA; 2B: Cali Burke, NW St; Megan McCollum, SE LA; Lauren Langner, McN; 3B: Nikki Goff, UTSA; SS: Lissa Avitia, UCA; Catcher: Erica LeFlore, UTA; Utility: Kylie Roos, NW St; Outfield: Marissa Koetting, McN; Cassie Redman, AMCC; Hannah Schwarz, AMCC; Michelle Duhe, SE La; Pitcher: Shelby Lancaster, SHSU; Tomi Garrison, SHSU.

Individual Awards
Player of the Year: Chandler Hall, Texas State
Hitter of the Year: Kim Damian, Sam Houston State
Pitcher of the Year: Chandler Hall, Texas State
Freshman of the Year: Megan Low, UTSA
Newcomer of the Year: Ashley Bertot, Nicholls State
Coach of the Year: Ricci Woodard, Texas State

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