Stephanie Jones and Taylor McGee Headline Five Softball All-Conference Selections

Stephanie Jones and Taylor McGee Headline Five Softball All-Conference Selections

RADFORD, Va. – Freshman outfielder Stephanie Jones and senior catcher Taylor McGee headline Campbell softball's Big South All-Conference selections, the league announced on May 9 at its award banquet. Both Jones and McGee were First Team All-Big South selections. Jones also took home Co-Freshman of the Year honors. The Camels were able to put three additional players on the second team in freshman shortstop Ericka Nesbitt, sophomore designated player Raven Lee and junior outfielder Sarah Forgacs for a total of five. The selections for post season honors in the Big South for Campbell were the first since 1994 when the program had four players selected during its final season of competition before leaving for the Atlantic Sun Conference.

McGee was named First Team All-Big South as a catcher. She was twice named the Big South's Player of the Week this season (4/30 and 5/7). The Charlotte, N.C. ranked third in the conference in home runs (11), RBIs (36) and slugging percentage (.588) while playing and starting 55 games this season. She also ranked fourth in the league in total bases (90) and tied for fourth in doubles (10). McGee tied for the team lead with her 13 multiple RBI games and placed third on the squad with 12 multiple hit games. The senior is hitting .307 overall this season and raised her average to .323 in league only games. McGee also became Campbell's all-time home run record holder this year and has now amassed 42 home runs in her four years. She also ranks among the all-time leaders at Campbell in career slugging percentage (.511 – tied for fourth), total bases (315 – fourth), RBIs (120 – fifth), walks (81 – fifth), runs (105 -11th) and games played (223 – 13th). McGee also was also named to the Big South's All-Academic Team with her 3.31 grade-point average as a health and physical education major.

Jones earned First Team All-Big South honors as an outfielder and was also named the conference's Co-Freshman of the Year. The Black Mountain, N.C. native leads the team and conference in RBIs (45). She is tied for the conference lead in doubles (13), ranks third in the league in total bases (93) and hits (60), fifth in stolen bases (16), sixth in batting average (.347) and slugging percentage (.538). Jones is tied for the team lead with her 13 multiple RBI games and placed second on the squad with 16 multiple hit performances. Jones has played even better in league only play where she is hitting .379 with 25 hits, 19 RBIs, 38 total bases and a .576 slugging percentage. She is just the seventh player in CU softball history to record 40+ RBIs in a year and currently ranks tied for fifth all-time at Campbell in RBIs in a single season with her 45 runs drive in.

Nesbitt was named Second Team All-Big South as a shortstop. The Salisbury, N.C. native leads the conference in hits (66) and ranks second in batting average (.393), runs (38), stolen bases (22) and fourth in on-base percentage ( .449). Nesbitt has recorded a team-high 23 multiple hit games including five three-hit games and a four-hit performance. She has played especially well in league only games and is hitting .443 with 27 hits, 17 runs, nine walks, seven stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .517.

Forgacs was named Second Team All-Big South as an outfielder. This is her third career all-conference honor as she previously was named Second Team All-Atlantic Sun in the first two years of her collegiate career. The Cary, N.C. native has the third most doubles in the conference this season (10), fourth most triples (2) and is sixth in runs scored (30). She is hitting .286 overall with 48 hits and 13 stolen bases. In conference games she hit .302 with 19 hits, 13 runs and seven stolen bases. Forgacs is third all-time at Campbell in stolen bases (52), fifth in hit by pitches (21) and 10th in batting average (.303).

Lee took home Second Team All-Big South honors as a designated player. The Battleboro, N.C. native is tied for fourth in the league in home runs (10), fifth in slugging percentage (.554), tied for fifth in RBIs (31), seventh in on-base percentage (.420), eighth in walks (26) and ninth in total bases (77). Lee sports an overall batting average of .295 with 41 hits and six doubles. In league only games Lee hit .328 with 19 hits, three doubles, four home runs, 15 RBIs, a .586 slugging percentage and a .409 on-base percentage. She has already climbed into the all-time leaderboard at Campbell and is fourth in slugging percentage (.511) plus 12th in career home runs (17).

Radford leads the field with six overall selections and placed three on both the first and the second team. The Highlanders earned three of the specialty awards after winning the regular season Big South Conference title. Nichole Beall was named the Big South's Player of the Year. Jackie Jenkins earned Big South Pitcher of the Year honors and Mickey Dean took home the Big South's Coach of the Year award. Coastal Carolina's Kory Hayden and Campbell's Stephanie Jones were named the Co-Freshman of the Year. Gardner-Webb's Jane Savage was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Campbell (29-27,12-9 Big South), the fourth seed, will take on fifth-seeded Gardner-Webb (25-26, 11-10 Big South) on Thursday, May 10th, at 9 a.m. in the first round of the Big South Tournament on the campus of Radford University.

2012 Big South All-Conference Awards

First Team All-Big South
P          Jackie Jenkins - Radford
P          Kiana Quolas – Coastal Carolina
C          Taylor McGee - Campbell
1B        Morgan Baker – Gardner-Webb
2B        Samantha Meenaghan – Gardner-Webb *
3B        Kory Hayden – Coastal Carolina
SS        Nichole Beall – Radford *
OF        Meredith Crisante - Liberty
OF        Stephanie Jones - Campbell
OF        Hannah Ojeda - Radford
DP       Chelsey Schoenfeldt - Winthrop
Util.      Sarah Maples – Coastal Carolina 

* Unanimous Selection

Second Team All-Big South
P          Cindy Boomhower – Gardner-Webb
P          Morgan Dowdy – Charleston Southern
C          McKenzie Morenus – Gardner-Webb|
1B        Jessie Hutchens - Radford
2B        Jackie Warr - Radford
3B        Vicki Madden - Radford
SS        Ericka Nesbitt - Campbell
OF        Jana Matthews – Charleston Southern
OF        Katie Zavodny - Liberty
OF        Sarah Forgacs - Campbell
OF        Tera Powell - Presbyterian
DP        Raven Lee - Campbell
Util.      Amanda Gomes – Gardner-Webb

Big South All-Academic Team
Sammi Shivock - Liberty
Kristin Kelleher - Charleston Southern
Chelsey Schoenfeldt - Winthrop
Ryndee Ruch - Radford
Sarah Maples - Coastal Carolina
Jane Savage - Gardner-Webb
Taylor McGee - Campbell
Morgan Durham - Presbyterian College

Award Winners
Player of the Year: Nichole Beall - Radford
Pitcher of the Year: Jackie Jenkins - Radford
Co-Freshmen of the Year: Kory Hayden – Coastal Carolina and Stephanie Jones - Campbell
Coach of the Year: Mickey Dean – Radford
Scholar Athlete of the Year: Jane Savage – Gardner-Webb 

Breakdown By School
Radford – First Team (3) and Second Team (3) – Total - 6
Campbell – First Team (2) and Second Team (3) – Total – 5
Gardner-Webb – First Team (2) and 2nd Team (3) – Total – 5
Coastal Carolina – First Team (3) – Total – 3
Charleston Southern – Second Team (2) – Total – 2
Liberty – First Team (1) and Second Team (1) – Total - 2
Presbyterian - Second Team (1) – Total – 1
Winthrop – First Team (1) – Total – 1