Jackson, Hebert, Roberts recognized for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University softball players were recognized Tuesday as the Little East Conference announced its All-Conference Teams for the 2013 season.
Junior shortstop Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H./North) and junior catcher Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) led the way for Plymouth State, both earning All-LEC First Team selection for the second straight year. The other Panther recognized was named All-LEC Second Team – sophomore pitcher Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H./Kennett). The LEC post-season honors are voted on by the league's eight head coaches.
It was another record-breaking season for Jackson, who could dominate a game at the plate or in the field. She tied or set 11 Plymouth State standards this season, including hits in a game (5) and single-season marks for hits (66), runs (57), triples (14), home runs (8), runs batted in (42), total bases (130), stolen bases (26), on-base percentage (.574), slugging percentage (1.008), and consecutive-game hitting streak (19 games).
Jackson leads the NCAA Division III in triples (14) and triples per game (0.32), and ranks among the top 20 in batting average (.512), on-base pct., slugging pct., and runs per game (1.41). She ranks second in the Little East in batting avg., slugging pct, on-base pct., runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, and total bases, and tops the LEC in triples and stolen bases. She also has outstanding range at shortstop with a strong throwing arm.
Hebert, a three-year starter and one of the top defensive catchers in the league who throws with her left hand, had another outstanding season at the plate as well as behind it. She batted .408 in 42 games with 49 hits, 20 walks, 12 doubles, one home run, and 36 runs batted in. She ranked among the top four in the LEC in batting average, walks, doubles, RBI, on-base percentage (.493). Hebert is also a two-time selection to the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
Roberts enjoyed an outstanding first season with PSU after transferring from Barry University. She finished with an 11-6 record with a 2.81 earned run average and one save, finishing fourth in the LEC in victories. She posted key LEC wins for PSU over Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State College, and was the winning pitcher in both ends of a doubleheader as PSU swept the University of Massachusetts Boston. Roberts pitched 87.1 innings, allowing 94 hits and striking out 46 batters. She also batted .222 in 38 plate appearances with a double and five RBI.
The Panthers finished the season with a 25-17 overall record under 10th-year head coach Bruce Addison. This year matches the most victories in a season since the 2008 Panthers finished 25-15, and the 25-win seasons are tied for the second-most in a season in the program's history. PSU's runner-up finish in the LEC race during the regular season was the highest since 2002.
The complete All-LEC Team is available at LittleEast.com.
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