STONY BROOK, N.Y. – UMBC softball picked up six conference honors, as announced on Wednesday evening at the annual America East's awards banquet.
The Retrievers had a trio of players earn All-Conference Second Team honors, including a pair of sophomores in pitcher Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) and utility player Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central). Freshman outfielder Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) garnered a pair of honors, being named to the All-Conference Second Team and earning a spot on the America East All-Rookie Team. Freshman outfielder Emily Neal (Bear, Del./Caravel Academy) joined Alexander on the All-Rookie Team and sophomore infielder Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) rounded out the honors on the All-Academic Team.
Holte and Lane each earned America East All-Rookie Team honors last season. Holte led the league in innings pitched this season (162.1) and ranked second in wins (14) and strikeouts (110). The sophomore finished the year tied for seventh on the Retrievers' all-time wins list (32) after just two seasons on campus, while also ranking in the program's top-10 all-time in innings pitched (353 innings), starts (51), appearances (62), strikeouts (213) and complete games (44). Lane hit a career-best .287 with seven extra-base hits and 17 runs batted in. The sophomore upped her slugging percentage (.383) and on-base percentage (.346) on the season.
Alexander posted a UMBC single-season top-10 mark in batting average (.392) and finished the regular-season seventh in America East in the category. The rookie led the league in runs scored (42) and ranked third in hits (60). Neal started in 46 of 48 appearances in her rookie campaign and finished third on the team in batting average (.336). The Bear, Del., native tallied 43 hits and seven stolen bases.
Jackson is the first Retriever to be named to the All-Academic Team since Emily Thompson in 2010. The sophomore has posted a 3.41 GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology during her time on campus. On the field, Jackson hit a career-best .295, with 15 extra-base hits and 28 runs batted in.
Stony Brook's Bria Green took home Player of the Year honors after leading the league in batting average (.438), slugging percentage (.942) and home runs (18). Maine registered a pair of major honors with Alexis Bogdanovich being named the Pitcher of the Year and Lynn Coutts honored as Coach of the Year. Binghamton outfielder Jessica Rutherford concluded the major awards as the league's Rookie of the Year.