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DeArmitt, Keller Headline All-Conference Squad for Lady Lions

DeArmitt, Keller Headline All-Conference Squad for Lady Lions


5/6/2014 — PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference released its 2014 All-Conference Team for softball on Tuesday morning, and it included seven Penn State Altoona players.

Voted to the first team of the All-AMCC squad were junior pitcher Raychel DeArmitt (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) and sophomore third baseman Clarissa Keller (Spring Mills, PA/Penns Valley).

DeArmitt posted a career-high in wins, leading the AMCC with 16 victories on the season. In 124 2/3 innings, she struck out 119 batters, which ranked third in the conference. Her total of four shutouts and her mark of 6.68 strikeouts per game both rank second in the AMCC, and she had the third-most complete games in the AMCC with 14. Among her season highlights was a perfect game she pitched against Medaille College on April 19.

Keller built on a strong freshman campaign last year to rank among the top 10 in several offensive categories in the AMCC. She batted .393 for Penn State Altoona in 38 games this season. Her 46 hits were the sixth-most in the AMCC, and her 32 runs scored ranked ninth. She was eighth in the conference in on-base percentage, reaching safely at a .455 clip. She was sixth in the AMCC in steals with six, and her 27 runs batted in was 10th in the league and tied for second-most on her team.

Earning second team All-Conference nods were junior first baseman Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) and sophomore shortstop Amanda Brennan (Jefferson Hills, PA/Thomas Jefferson).

Chambers, a former AMCC Newcomer of the Year and two-time first team All-Conference first baseman, continued to put up big numbers at the plate for her team in 2014. In 35 games, she batted .425, which was the sixth-best average in the conference. She ranked second in the AMCC in on-base percentage (.516) and slugging percentage (.736), third in total bases (78) and walks drawn (18), and fourth in runs scored (33) and home runs (6).

Brennan makes her first appearance on an All-AMCC squad. Already having a reputation for smooth glove work at shortstop, Brennan's offensive stats took off in 2014. In 34 games, she batted .378 and ranked sixth in the conference with four home runs. Her slugging percentage of .561 was 11th in the AMCC, and her total of 25 RBI was 13th.

Elected to slots on the third team of the All-AMCC team were freshman pitcher Kate Burge (Philipsburg, PA/Philipsburg-Osceola), senior second baseman Brittany Smith (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte), and sophomore outfielder Gina Ricci (Garnet Valley, PA/Garnet Valley).

Burge quickly emerged as one of the top first-year pitchers in the AMCC this season, tossing a perfect game in just her second collegiate appearance in the circle. Her 1.46 earned run average is the best mark in the league, and her four shutouts tied her with DeArmitt for second-most in the conference. Her 96 strikeouts, 6.36 strikeouts per game, and 11 wins all ranked fifth in the AMCC. Burge's .198 opponent batting average allowed was the fourth-best mark in the conference, and her 105 2/3 innings pitched was sixth-most.

Smith capped off a stellar career four-year career with the Lady Lions by producing another consistently productive season. The former AMCC Newcomer of the Year and two-time first teamer was 10th in the conference with a .398 batting average in 36 games. Her totals of 33 runs scored and 47 hits both ranked fourth in the league, while her nine doubles ranked eighth and her 61 total bases were ninth. Smith wraps up her Penn State Altoona career as the record-holder for several all-time program categories, including games played (145), games started (136), at-bats (491), runs scored (131), hits (197), and doubles (39).

Rounding out the Lady Lions on the All-Conference squad is Ricci, who is making her first appearance on an All-AMCC team. She seized the opportunity to become a regular starter for her team during her sophomore campaign and was an effective bat in the lineup, hitting .342 in 38 games. Her 40 hits were 13th-most in the AMCC, and she ranked 17th in runs scored (24) and 18th in RBI (22). Her eight sacrifices were the most in the conference.

Photo: Penn State Altoona's junior pitcher Raychel DeArmitt (left) and sophomore third baseman Clarissa Keller (right) were each named to the first team of the AMCC's All-Conference squad.

TAGS: women's softball