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Eight Softball Players Named to All-Conference Team; Chambers Wins Newcomer of the Year

Eight Softball Players Named to All-Conference Team; Chambers Wins Newcomer of the Year

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Eight members of the Penn State Altoona softball team were recognized for their individual achievements during the 2012 season when the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference released its All-Conference Team on Tuesday.

Leading the way was freshman first baseman Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle), who earned the conference’s Newcomer of the Year award and also earned First Team All-Conference honors. Chambers proved to be one of the elite hitters in the AMCC, leading the conference in batting average (.488), hits (61), runs scored (42), doubles (18), home runs (9), and total bases (106). She finished second on her team with 47 runs batted in and also posted a team-best .558 on-base percentage. In 146 plate appearances, she struck out only three times.

Chambers’ 18 doubles and .558 on-base percentage set single season records for Penn State Altoona softball.

Also named First Team was sophomore second baseman Brittany Smith (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte). Smith, who was last season’s AMCC Newcomer of the Year, put up stellar numbers in 2012. Her .453 batting average ranked third in the conference, and her 53 hits tied for third in the league. Smith’s .480 on-base percentage was the second-highest on the team, and her total of 13 doubles was tied for second on the squad. She scored 35 runs and added 28 RBIs and two home runs.

Getting the nod for Second Team All-Conference were junior pitcher Jackie Smith (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg), sophomore third baseman Christina Stathes (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte), and sophomore shortstop Kahla Lutz (York, PA/West York).

Smith showed why she was Penn State Altoona’s staff ace in 2012, posting a team-best 15-4 record in 23 appearances. Her five shutouts led the AMCC, and her 2.30 earned run average in 137.0 innings pitched ranked second. In her 20 starts at pitcher, 17 resulted in complete games. Smith held opposing batters to a .224 batting average, and her total of 83 strikeouts was the fourth-highest in the conference.

One of the top highlights of Smith’s season was when she pitched the first perfect game in Penn State Altoona softball history on March 31 in a 17-0 win at Hilbert College.

Smith set the all-time school record for wins with 36 victories in her three-year Lady Lions career, and her 15 wins this season tied the single season high. She was named the AMCC’s Pitcher of the Week three times throughout the 2012 season, the most of any pitcher in the conference.

Stathes finished fourth on her team with a .364 batting average and provided some pop to the lineup with five home runs. Her 34 RBIs were fourth-best on the squad, and her .582 slugging percentage was fifth. Stathes was at her best when facing conference opponents; her .447 batting average against AMCC teams was second on the Lady Lions only to Chambers’ .520 clip.

Lutz finished third in the AMCC in RBIs with 49, which also ranked tops on her team. Her 38 runs scored was fifth-best in the conference, and she was tied for fourth in the league with 13 doubles. She ranked fifth in the AMCC in total bases with 80. Lutz started 41 games during the 2012 season, the most all-time by a Penn State Altoona softball player in one season. She proved to be one of the strongest defensive shortstops in the conference, leading her team with 84 assists and helping turn 11 double plays.

Making Third Team All-Conference were sophomore pitcher Allison Stugart (South Williamsport, PA/South Williamsport), freshman catcher Lily Glunt (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle), and freshman outfielder Alamaria Miller (Muncy, PA/Muncy).

During her first full season as a starting pitcher, Stugart became a strong second pitcher for Penn State Altoona and one of the most effective starters in the AMCC. Her 12 wins ranked third in the conference, and she finished fifth with 70 strikeouts. Stugart made 20 appearances, including 16 starts and 10 complete games. She compiled a 3.93 ERA in 103.1 innings pitched.

Stugart also pitched a perfect game, the second-ever in team history, during a 20-0 win over Franciscan University on April 3.

Glunt proved to be a versatile hitter for the Lady Lions in her first year with the team. She showed power by hitting six home runs, second-most on the team. She was third in RBIs on her squad with 37, and tied for second with 16 walks drawn. Her 40 runs scored was fourth-most in the AMCC.

Miller showed herself to be a consistent hitter during her freshman campaign with the Lady Lions. She finished third on the team and eighth in the AMCC with a .400 batting average. Her five triples set a single season Penn State Altoona softball record. She was also strong defensively, committing no errors in 31 games played.

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face=Verdana>Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman Kelly Chambers was named the AMCC's Newcomer of the Year, marking the second season in a row that a Lady Lion has won the honor.

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