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May 6, 2014

Five PSU Softball players earn All-Little East honors

Digman, Galvin, Hebert, Jackson, and Lange recognized for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Five Plymouth State University softball players were recognized Tuesday as the Little East Conference All-Star Teams for the 2014 season were announced.

            All five Panther selections were named to the All-LEC Second Team, and they include senior third baseman Jackie Digman (Burlington, Mass.), senior pitcher Nora Galvin (Windham, N.H./Salem), senior catcher Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial), senior shortstop Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H./North) and freshman outfielder Masha Lange (Danville, N.H./Timberlane). In addition, Lange was voted LEC Rookie of the Year.

            PSU, which finished 22-13 overall, shared this year's Little East regular season title with Eastern Connecticut State University, both with 11-3 conference marks. The Panthers, led by 11th-year head coach Bruce Addison, had been picked to finish fourth in the LEC preseason poll. The PSU contingent led the Panthers to the second-best offense in the conference, based on batting average (.311), on-base percentage (.362), and slugging (.450).The All-Conference honors are voted on by the league's eight head coaches.

            Jackson completed an outstanding season for the Panthers, leading the LEC in batting (.473), on-base pct (.546), hits (53), runs scored (42), home runs (13), RBI (44), total bases (109) and slugging (.973). She also ranks in the top 11 nationally in Division III in runs, home runs and RBI per game as well as slugging. A superb defensive shortstop, she set at least 10 PSU season and career records, including career hits (183), runs (145), triples (21), home runs (26), RBI (118) and stolen bases (69).

            Lange, an outstanding defensive outfielder, was also one of the best all-around players in the league to earn the top rookie honor. She tied Jackson for the conference lead in stolen bases (17), ranked second in hits (52) and runs scored (36), third in batting (.413), and sixth in doubles (10), home runs (4), on-base pct (.444), slugging (.619) and RBI (30), despite batting leadoff most of the season.

            Hebert excelled at the plate and behind it for the Panthers, earning All-LEC honors at catcher for the third straight season. She was ninth in the league with a .370 batting average and ranked fifth with 11 doubles and eighth with 26 runs batted in. Hebert also etched her name in the PSU record books, setting career standards for games (157), doubles (41), walks (61) and sharing the RBI mark (118) with Jackson.

            Digman wrapped up a strong season as PSU's starting third baseman, earning her first All-Conference selection. She batted .300 in 34 games with three doubles, four home runs, 19 runs scored and 15 knocked in.  A four-year starter, Digman finished third on PSU's career list for hits (154) and fourth in home runs (18).

            Galvin was the ace of the PSU pitching staff, finishing with an 8-5 record with a career-best 2.35 earned run average and three shutouts. She ranked sixth in the league in ERA and strikeouts (66) and ninth in victories.  Galvin is one of the top pitchers in school history, ranking second on the all-time list for wins (32) and strikeouts (347).     

            The complete All-LEC Team is available at LittleEast.com.

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