Walk named to All-MSC softball first team
Rio Grande/MSC Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio – University of Rio Grande left fielder Kaylee Walk was named to the All-Mid-South Conference Softball first team, while right fielder Haley Gwin and pitcher Kimber Hazlett both received second team honors during the league’s annual awards banquet, Friday night, prior to the start of MSC Tournament at the Allandale Mansion in Kingsport, Tenn.
Walk, a senior from Unionville Center, Ohio, led the RedStorm in batting (.413), hits (57), runs (42) and stolen bases (23). She also tied Gwin for the team lead in triples with four.
Gwin, a sophomore from Troy, Ohio, led Rio in home runs (10), runs batted in (31), slugging percentage (.724) and total bases (89). She was second in batting (.374), runs (29) and hits (46), while also posting a 2-2 record and a 3.62 earned run average in six appearances as a pitcher.
Hazlett, a freshman from Utica, Ohio, was the leading pitcher for head coach Kristen Bradshaw’s squad, posting a 16-10 record and a 2.86 earned run average in 31 appearances – 28 of which were starts. In 181-1/3 innings, she allowed 180 hits, 91 runs (74 earned), with 53 walks and 151 strikeouts, while also authoring five shutouts.
Hazlett batted .261 with one home run, 14 RBIs and a team-high 11 doubles.
Campbellsville senior Emma Napier was the league’s Player of Year and Lindsey Wilson sophomore Jordan Hood was named Pitcher of the Year.
Napier led the Mid-South in batting average (.484) and total bases (141) during the regular season. She finished second in the league in slugging percentage (.887), runs (55), hits (77) and home runs (14).
Nationally, Napier led the NAIA in total bases while ranking fourth in hits and ninth in home runs.
Hood finished the regular season with a 17-3 record while posting a 1.81 ERA -- third best in the MSC. She led the conference in opponent's batting average (.171), strikeouts (179) and saves (4). Hood's 17 wins and 14.3 strikeouts per outing ranked second in the conference.
Hood ranks fourth in the NAIA in strikeouts per game while her total strikeouts are 10th best in the nation.
Campbellsville's Victoria Decker earned Freshman of the Year honors, while Cumberlands' Kristen Moran was the MSC Softball Champions of Character recipient.
Decker finished the regular season 16-3 in the circle with a 1.95 ERA and 97 strikeouts. She is fourth in the conference in wins and opponent’s batting average and is fifth in ERA.
Moran earned the conference's Champions of Character award -- as voted on by the conference athletics director -- based on her academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and a demonstration of five core character values of the NAIA.
Campbellsville’s Shannon Wathen was selected by her peers as Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to a tie for the regular season title.
Eighteen players earned first-team all-conference while another 20 were named to the conference's second team.
Joining Walk, Napier, Hood and Decker on the All-MSC first team were Campbellsville’s Kristin Benton and Kelsi Pardue; Cumberland (TN) University’s Allison Blackwood and Courtney Maynard; Shawnee State’s Allie Chapman; Hagan Goldey of St. Catharine; Georgetown’s Mallory Johnson, Katie Mann and Kayla Williams; Kristina Krupinski, Cara Law and Andrea Whelan of Lindsey Wilson; UVA-Wise’s Kristina Romualdo and Bluefield’s Aline Uehara..
The Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year and All-Conference selections are voted on by the coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.