PULASKI, Tenn. - 5/2/2012 - The Union University softball team won four of the five major awards and put six players on the 2012 TranSouth Conference All-Conference team. Shelby Lamb was voted the TranSouth Player of the Year, Brooke Thomas was voted the pitcher of the year, Kelly Robey was voted the freshman of the year, and Heather Hall was voted as the coach of the year.
Lamb, Thomas, Robey, Stephanie Saunders, Katie Davis and Alex Williams were all named first team all-conference. These players helped Union win their seventh TranSouth regular season title and first since 2004.
Lamb, a 5-foot-5 outfielder form Shelbyville, Tenn., led the conference with a .477 average with 44 RBI, 31 runs, 19 doubles, 73 hits, a triple and four home runs. Lamb had a .693 slugging percentage and a .534 on-base percentage. Lamb ranks No. 1 in the TranSouth in average and RBI per game.
Thomas, a 5-foot-5 junior pitcher from Huntingdon, Tenn., led Union and the TranSouth with 20 wins. She has a 20-6 record with a 2.16 ERA in 29 games, including 26 starts, 21 complete games and eight shutouts. In 171.2 innings pitched, Thomas recorded 194 strikeouts to just 59 walks. Thomas ranks No. 1 in the conference in total strikeouts and is second with 10.2 per game.
Robey, a 5-foot-10 freshman pitcher from New Madrid, Mo., was 18-4 in this her first season of college softball. She was tops on Union with a 1.96 ERA in 25 games, including 23 starts, 14 complete games and four shutouts. In 139 innings of work, she recorded 165 strikeouts and just 36 walks. Robey leads the TranSouth with 10.7 strikeouts per game.
Saunders, a 5-goot-8 junior first baseman from Ashland City, Tenn., was second on Union’s team with a .372 average. She tallied 31 runs, 61 hits, nine doubles, two home runs and 30 RBI.
Davis, a 5-foot-6 senior third baseman/catcher from Kenton, Tenn., was four on Union’s team with a .352 average. She recorded 18 runs, 57 hits, 10 doubles, one triple, one home run and a team high 45 RBI. She is second in the TranSouth in total RBI, just one behind the league leader.
Williams, a 5-foot-8 freshman outfielder from Milan, Tenn., is third on the team with a .367 average. She tallied 31 runs, 51 hits, four doubles, a triple, four home runs and 26 RBI. Williams added seven stolen bases.
Union will open play Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. as the top seed and will face 8-seeded Lyon (Ark.). The double-elimination tournament is taking place in Jackson at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex.
2012 TranSouth Conference All-Conference team
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Shelby Lamb, Union
PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Brooke Thomas, Union
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Veronika Fukunishi, Martin Methodist
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Kelly Robey, Union
COACH OF THE YEAR: Heather Hall, Union
FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Shelby Lamb, Union
Veronika Fukunishi, Martin Methodist
Sarah Elizabeth Cousar, Freed-Hardeman
Brooklyn Jenkins, Bethel
Chrissy Darnell, Martin Methodist
Brooke Thomas, Union
Amber VanSandt, Freed-Hardeman
Kelly Robey, Union
Katlin White, Martin Methodist
Stephanie Saunders, Union
Molly Hargrove, Mid-Continent
Katie Davis, Union
Courtney Maynard, Cumberland
Amanda Renfroe, Bethel
Alex Williams, Union
Kimmy Nicholson, Blue Mountain
Allison Blackwood, Cumberland
Cynthia Takahashi, Martin Methodist
SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Sydney Broderick, Cumberland
Kandace Christopher, Martin Methodist
Chrissy Worth, Martin Methodist
Kaitlyn Patterson, Lyon College
Bry Navarro, Mid-Continent
Sydney McMillian, Bethel
Emily Nicholson, Cumberland
Haylei Plummer, Blue Mountain
Erica Whitaker, Lyon
Brittany Yates, Freed-Hardeman
Shelby Cummings, Freed-Hardeman
Mercedes Norfolk, Freed-Hardeman
Anna Maziarka, Mid-Continent
Brooke Jones, Blue Mountain
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