Deyo, Miller, Addison all major award winners
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – After its first outright Little East Conference (LEC) regular season championship in program history the Plymouth State University softball team matched a program record with five selections to the 2018 LEC Softball All-Conference team after a vote of the league's head coaches.
PSU earned three of the four major awards as junior utility player Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) took home Player of the Year honors, the first ever Panther to win the award, sophomore pitcher Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) was selected Pitcher of the Year and head coach Bruce Addison was voted Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
Deyo and Miller were joined by junior outfielder Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) and senior designated player Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) as members of the All-LEC First Team. The four First Team selections are the most in school history. Additionally, junior outfielder Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) earned Second Team honors. Emerson earned All-LEC honors for the second straight season, after being voted to the First Team in 2017.
Deyo made an immediate impact on both sides of the ball after transferring in from Franklin Pierce University. She finished in the top ten in nearly every offensive category while logging time at every infield position, including catcher, aside from shortstop. She finished second in the Little East in hits (47), fourth in batting average (.370), fifth in RBI (26), sixth in on base percentage (.438) and total bases (66), seventh in runs scored (27) and triples (2), eighth in slugging percentage (.520) and walks (13) and ninth in home runs (3). She was also 11th in steals (8) and extra base hits (11), and 19th in doubles (6). She appeared in all 41 contests, registering at least one hit in 31 while posting 15 multi-hit games.
Miller was dominant in the circle while becoming the first Panther to earn Pitcher of the Year honors since Hall of Famer Kim Jeffs won back-to-back in 2002 and 2003. She finished the year with a 16-8 record and a school-record five saves, which were also the third most in all of NCAA Division III. Her 1.64 ERA was in the top 50 in the nation and the lowest in the Little East. She also led the LEC in wins (16), saves (5), appearances (31), shutouts (5) and strikeouts (106), while finishing second in innings pitched (158.1), starts (23) and complete games (17). She had the third lowest batting average against in the league (.226), surrendered the fourth fewest hits (135) and eighth fewest walks (31), while posting the eighth most strikeouts per game (4.69). She struck out a career-high 12 batters in a win at Rhode Island College and was especially good during the Little East Tournament, where she posted a 1.70 ERA while tossing 33 of the team's 35 innings and fired her first career no-hitter.
Addison was named Coach of the Year for the third time and second straight season after guiding the Panthers to their first outright regular season title in program history. PSU earned the top seed for the LEC Tournament and hosted the championship for the second straight year after posting an 11-3 conference mark. Plymouth State made its second consecutive appearance in the championship game and finished the season 26-15, posting the most wins and highest winning percentage (0.634) since the 2003 team went 30-9.
Seidner earned her first All-LEC selection after posting a .330 batting average while spending most of the season in one of the top two spots of the Panthers' batting order. She was particularly strong after moving into the leadoff spot when senior Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass.) missed a month with an ankle injury. Seidner went 25-for-63 (.397) with four doubles and 17 runs scored over the 19-game stretch, reaching base in 15 of the contests while logging eight multi-hit games and three three-hit games. The speedy Seidner also played error-free defense, spending most of her time in a corner outfield position.
Davis was also a first time All-LEC honoree at the designated player position. She finished sixth in the LEC with nine doubles and her 22 RBI were the 14th-most in the league. She finished the year batting .296 while slugging exactly .400. Davis came up clutch in some key situations for the Panthers, including a game-tying solo blast in the bottom of the sixth inning in a game against Castleton University on Apr. 18. PSU went on to plate the winning run in the seventh. Then, just three days later, she ripped a booming double to right field for a walk-off win over Eastern Connecticut State University. Perhaps her best game of the season came Apr. 22 in the second game of a doubleheader at Keene State, when she posted four hits and a career-best five RBI.
Emerson also came up clutch for the Panthers, leading the Little East with sacrifice flies to drive in the 12th most runs in the league (24). She finished the year with a .293 average and 20 runs scored, while her four sacrifice flies were the 17th most in all of Division III. Emerson played in 38 of the team's 41 games, reaching base safely in 21 contests while posting nine multi-hit games, including four three-hit games. She also had a big game against Keene, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored while matching a career-high with three RBI. She led the Panthers with four RBI during the LEC Tournament.
Plymouth State dropped its first game in the tournament, 1-0, before winning three straight elimination games to advance to the championship. The stretch included a pair of shutouts, Miller's no-hitter and a come-from-behind, walk-off win in Game 9 to get back to the championship for the second straight year, where UMass Boston rallied for a one-run victory.
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