Deyo named to First Team, Miller to Second Team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The top hitter and pitcher from the Plymouth State University softball team were both among those honored when the Little East Conference (LEC) announced its major awards winners and all-conference teams on Wednesday afternoon.
Senior catcher Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) was voted to the All-LEC First Team, while junior pitcher Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) an All-LEC Second Team selection following a vote of the league's nine head coaches.
Deyo put together another impressive season at the plate, leading the Panthers in nearly every offensive category. She finished the year first on the team in batting average (.410), slugging percentage (.547), on base percentage (.474), hits (48), doubles (9), triples (2), total bases (64) and walks (13) and was second in runs scored (21) and runs batted in (18). A 5-2 catcher/second baseman, many of Deyo's offensive numbers also ranked in the top ten in the LEC; average (4th), hits (4th), on base percentage (5th), doubles (7th), triples (7th) and total bases (8th).
She hit .576 (19-for-33) with two doubles and a triple, eight RBI, six runs scored and just one strikeout during a season-high ten-game hitting streak and also reached base in 15 consecutive games from Mar. 12 to Apr. 11. An All-LEC First Teamer and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Northeast Region selection a year ago, Deyo's .389 career batting average is the ninth-highest in program history.
Miller was equally dominant in the circle for the Panthers, continuing to add to an already impressive resume. She led the conference in appearances (32) and saves (4), was second in innings pitched (152.2) and strikeouts (92), third in wins (14), starts (21) and complete games (14), fourth in earned run average (2.02) and fifth in opponent's batting average (.240). She held left-handed batters to just a .165 average on the season.
The 5-8 lefty was impressive from the get-go, throwing a two-hit shutout while striking out five in Plymouth State's 1-0 season-opening win over DeSales University on Mar. 8. But she saved her best for the LEC Tournament. Over four appearances – three starts – she logged 21.0 innings and allowed just one earned run on 12 hits while striking out 11, finishing the tournament with a 0.33 ERA.
A two-time LEC Pitcher of the Week, Miller has established herself as one of the best pitchers in program history. She is the program record holder with 11 saves, ranks second all-time with 41 career wins and is fourth in strikeouts with 267. Miller earned All-LEC First Team and NFCA All-Northeast Region honors last spring.
Under 16th-year head coach Bruce Addision, Plymouth State wrapped up the season with a 22-18 record, surpassing the 20-win threshold for the third straight year. PSU ended up second in the LEC regular season standings with an 11-5 mark, one game behind the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The Panthers came one game short of reaching the championship game of the LEC Tournament for a third consecutive time.
A complete list of the major award winners and all-conference teams is available at the Little East website, www.littleeast.com.
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