Jackson, Addison win major awards for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – It was a good day for the Plymouth State University softball team Tuesday as the Little East Conference announced its major awards winners and All-Conference Teams for the 2012 season.
Sophomore shortstop Bekah Jackson led the way for Plymouth State, earning LEC Rookie of the Year honors and All-LEC First Team selection. Jackson was joined on the First Team by sophomore catcher Sam Hebert and junior designated player Jenn Bove, and two other Panthers were named All-LEC Second Team – senior outfielder Allie Luisi and sophomore third baseman Jackie Digman.
Rounding out the list of honorees from PSU is head coach Bruce Addison, who was voted LEC Co-Coach of the Year along with Eastern Connecticut State University's Diana Pepin. All of the LEC post-season honors are voted on by the league's eight head coaches. The five Panthers that were honored this spring are the most in one year since the LEC started naming the All-Conference Teams in 1997, surpassing the three Panthers recognized in 2000 and 2002.
Jackson has enjoyed a terrific rookie season at PSU this spring, terrorizing opponents on offense and defense. She is among the conference leaders in just about every offensive category, sporting a .433 batting average with a league-leading 14 doubles, five home runs, 32 RBI, and 24 stolen bases. Jackson has recorded 61 hits and scored 44 runs this spring, breaking PSU school records that had stood since 1994. She also has outstanding range at shortstop with a strong throwing arm. Jackson was a rookie because she suffered an injury in the fourth game of her freshman year and missed the rest of the season.
Hebert, who has been a solid starter at both catcher and first base, also had a productive season at the plate. She's batting .360 with 11 doubles, four home runs and a PSU-school-record 38 runs batted in. Hebert ranks among the LEC leaders in several categories, including a tie for fourth in RBI.
Bove provided a spark at the top of the Panther line-up, using her outstanding speed to get on base and agitate opponents. She batted .306 and drew a team-leading 20 walks, stealing 11 bases and scoring 32 runs, ninth-best in the LEC. Bove also legged out five triples, fourth-most in the conference.
Luisi earned her second All-LEC honor as she was also a Second Team pick in 2010. She has started every game this season and is batting .331 with eight doubles, 29 RBI and 27 runs scored. Luisi has also put her name in the PSU record books with career standards; she set the career doubles mark (now at 38) and she currently shares the career hits mark (147) with Adriene Harvey (2000-03).
Digman is having an outstanding season for the Panthers, surpassing several previous PSU school records but ranks behind current teammates in the record books. She is batting .418 with 56 hits, including 11 doubles, a team-leading six home runs, 31 RBI and 37 runs scored. Her season totals for hits and runs both bettered the previous school mark. Digman was also an LEC Player of the Week once in April.
Addison has led the Panthers to wins in 16 of their last 23 games, improving to 21-20 overall. PSU, which was picked to finish sixth in the LEC preseason poll, finished in a tie for fourth place in the conference with a 7-7 mark. Plymouth State was the fourth seed in the LEC Tournament, its highest seed since 2003, and earned a berth in this week's ECAC New England Tournament, PSU's first post-season berth since 2009.
The complete All-LEC Team is available at LittleEast.com.
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