OKLAHOMA CITY (May 6, 2013) – Sooner Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament champions Lubbock Christian University dominated the All-Sooner Athletic Conference Softball Team selections announced Monday. The No.2 Lady Chaparrals placed eight players on the First-Team All-Sooner Athletic Conference softball team along with two players on the Second-Team.
Megan Sullivan is the SAC Player and Newcomer of the Year, Katera Eltsosie is Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, and Coach Daren Hays gives LCU a clean sweep of the superlative awards as Coach of the Year.
Sullivan, a junior from Tulsa, batted .444 with eight home runs and 64 RBI. She is ranked in 10 different statistical categories in the NAIA, including fifth with 21 doubles, seventh with 79 total hits and eighth with 64 RBI. Sullivan marks the second straight season an LCU player has received SAC Player of the Year honors. Two-time recipient Kim Frazier received the honor last season. Sullivan joins Frazier and Raquel Hawkins as LCU members, who have claimed the conference's top offensive award honor. Eltsosie, a freshman from Albuquerque, N.M., was 27-4 with a 1.21 earned run average and 165 strikeouts. She is ranked third in the NAIA in wins (27) and 10th with her 1.21 ERA. Eltsosie becomes the first Lady Chaps pitcher to claim SAC Pitcher of the Year honors.
Hays guided the Lady Chaps to the regular season crown and the school's first SAC Tournament title, heading into the NAIA Opening Round tournament with a 55-7 record. It is his first conference coach of the year honor coaching softball.
Joining Eltsosie as First-Team pitchers was teammate Courtney McGee. A junior from Yorba Linda, Cali., McGee has pitched in 20 games and is 16-0 with 89 strike outs.
Among the First-Team catchers was Latainna Eltsosie. The older sister of Katera, Latainna, a senior from Albuquerque, N.M., has a .412 batting average with 68 hits, 11 doubles, 11 home runs and 64 runs-batted-in. Her 64 RBI ranks her eighth in the NAIA.
LCU placed Mallory Koschany, McKenzie Clemmons and Ashton Bell on the First-Team outfield, along with Candace Monigold of RSU and Whitney Anderson of SGU. Koschany is ranked in 10 different statistical categories and leads the NAIA in five statistics. Clemmons is ranked in seven statistical categories. She is batting .413 and has 76 hits on the year. Bell received SAC player of the week honors in back-to-back weeks this season. She batted .357, had 41 hits and eight home runs this season.
LCU's Stephanie Rendon is the First Team designated player. Rendon, a senior from Midland, Texas appeared in all 57 games this season batting .386. She had 61 hits, 10 doubles 42 runs-batted-in this season.
Second-Team infielders Faith Koria and Diana De La Paz of LCU. De La Paz also made the Gold Glove Team. She appeared in 55 games this season batting .344, with 53 hits and 19 RBI.