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Balance Among 2016 SLIAC Softball All-Conference Awards

Balance Among 2016 SLIAC Softball All-Conference Awards

There was balance among the 2016 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Softball All-Conference team with seven schools being represented on the First Team. In addition nine of ten conference members had at least one player named All-Conference.

Erica Burney, from Westminster College, was named the 2016 SLIAC Softball Player of the Year after leading all players during conference action in batting average and finishing second in both home runs and runs batted in. Burney, a junior transfer from Ste. Genevieve, Mo., hit .591 with five home runs and 31 runs batted in during her 18 conference games. She finished with 39 hits, including eight doubles, and led the league with a .939 slugging percentage. Burney set single season program records for home runs (10) and runs batted in (51) this season while hitting .545 overall. She is the first Blue Jay player to be named SLIAC Player of the Year in program history.

Fontbonne University's Madison Leonard becomes the first player in conference history to be named SLIAC Pitcher of the Year multiple times; also winning in 2015. Leonard, a senior from Imperial, Mo., was dominant in conference play this season; compiling a 14-2 record with a 1.78 earned-run average and 132 strikeouts. Leonard claimed the pitching triple crown, leading the league in wins, earned-run average, and strikeouts. She averaged 10.19 strikeouts per nine innings and recorded 10 complete games with three shutouts. Opponents hit just .198 against her during conference play and she recorded her first collegiate no-hitter in April.

The Griffins also took home the SLIAC Newcomer of the Year award with Emelia Modglin receiving the honor. Modglin, a freshman from Waterloo, Ill., showed no signs of being a first year collegiate player; raising her average nearly .100 points as she entered conference play; hitting .534. She added two home runs, six stolen bases, and 23 runs batted in during the conference season, ranking in the top ten in each category. Modglin is the second straight Griffin to be named Newcomer of the Year, joining her teammate Samantha Brown, and is the eighth player in program history to win the award.

The 2016 SLIAC Coach of the Year goes to Eureka College's Debi Neff. Neff guided the Red Devils to a 31-7 overall record and a 13-5 record in the SLIAC this spring; setting the program record for overall wins. The Red Devils more than doubled their wins from last season and will be making just their third SLIAC Tournament appearance in program history. Neff is in her fourth year as Red Devil head coach and becomes the first Eureka head coach to be named SLIAC Coach of the Year in program history.

Principia College was awarded the 2016 SLIAC Team Sportsmanship award which goes to the team whose players, coaches and fans best exhibit the principles of good sportsmanship. The SLIAC also recognizes one individual from each team, selected by his coach and teammates, who throughout the season best displays the ideals of sportsmanship.

For a complete list of the 2016 SLIAC All-Conference teams and award winners see below.

SLIAC First Team  
Pos. Player School
P Brianna Anderson
Greenville
P Madison Leonard
Fontbonne
C Emily Smith
Fontbonne
INF Erica Burney
Westminster
INF Kerrigan Dura
Eureka
INF
Emelia Modglin
Fontbonne
INF Tiffany Samsoe
Greenville
OF Alyssa McAfee
Spalding
OF Bryn McKie
Greenville
OF Katelyn Sullens
Webster
UT Shannon Perrigo
Westminster
AL Erin McGinnis (UT)
Webster
AL Lauren Rhodes (UT) Blackburn
SLIAC Second Team  
P Alyson Hahn
Westminster
P Shannon Perrigo
Westminster
C Lexi Litwiller Eureka
INF Jaclyn Elmore
Blackburn
INF Savanna Tapper
Eureka
INF Kenney Vinchattle
Iowa Wesleyan
INF Carol Weiler
Webster
OF Samantha Brown
Fontbonne
OF Sidney Coleman
Webster
OF Amber Tepen
Westminster
UT Kali George Eureka
AL Amanda Gilliland (C)
Spalding
SLIAC Third Team
 
P Samantha McIlwain
Iowa Wesleyan
P
Rachel Patterson
Eureka
C
Alyssa Johnson
Westminster
INF
Anne Baker
Westminster
INF
Andrea Martin
Greenville
INF
Diamond Thomas
Fontbonne
INF
Anaya Tobiason
Greenville
OF
Maddie Cooksey
Fontbonne
OF
Leah Holthaus
Westminster
OF Rachel Patterson
Eureka
OF Kaylin Rucker Spalding
UT Noelle Shoemake
Principia
SLIAC All-Sportsmanship Team  
  Abigail Sutton
Blackburn
  Hannah Shearburn
Eureka
  Isabel Hotop
Fontbonne
  Caitie Opp
Greenville
  Caitlin O'Neill
Iowa Wesleyan
  Chelsea Bringle
MacMurray
  AC McMullen
Principia
  Mackenzee Sawyer
Spalding
  Carissa Cardenas
Webster
  Kat Cooper
Westminster
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