Fri, Apr. 26, 2013
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Campbellsville senior Emma Napier is the 2013 Mid-South Conference Softball Player of Year and Lindsey Wilson sophomore Jordan Hood is the MSC Pitcher of the Year, conference officials announced tonight at the conference's annual banquet.
Also receiving individual awards tonight is Campbellsville's Victoria Decker -- the MSC Freshman of the Year -- and Cumberlands' Kristen Moran, the MSC Softball Champions of Character recipient.
Campbellsville coach Shannon Wathen grabbed the final individual honor of the evening. Wathen was selected by her peers as the MSC Softball Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to a tie for the regular season title.
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.
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 opponents 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.
Eighteen players earned first-team all-conference while another 20 were named to the conference's second team.
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.
Mid-South Conference Softball First Team
Mid-South Conference Softball Second Team
The Mid-South Conference Softball Tournament begins on Saturday at Domtar Park in Kingsport, Tenn.
Top-seeded Lindsey Wilson meets eighth-seeded Pikeville while fourth-seeded Shawnee State plays fifth-seeded UVa.-Wise at 10 a.m. ET.
No. 2-seed Campbellsville meets seventh-seeded Rio Grande and third-seeded Georgetown meets No. 6-seed Cumberland at 1 p.m. ET
Four additional games are scheduled for Saturday with the tournament continuing on Sunday and concluding on Monday.