Lady Lions Picked to Repeat as AMCC Champs in Preseason Poll
3/2/2015 — PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State Altoona softball was voted into the top spot in the 2015 edition of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference's Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released on Monday afternoon, and the team's senior first baseman Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) was picked as the conference's Co-Preseason Player of the Year.
The Lady Lions have won the AMCC each of the past two seasons and took four of 10 first place votes in this year's preseason poll. Tied for second place in the poll were Penn State Behrend, which finished atop the regular season standings in 2014, and Mount Aloysius College, which was third place in the league last year.
Chambers, who shares the Preseason Player of the Year recognition with Penn State Behrend's junior outfielder Kelly Hedderick, was a 2014 second team All-AMCC selection and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team for the Ithaca Region of the NCAA Division III Regional Bracket. She has also been a two-time first team All-Conference pick and was the AMCC's Newcomer of the Year in 2012. Last season, Chambers finished second in the AMCC in total bases (84), on-base percentage (.511), and slugging percentage (.757), was third in walks (18), and ranked fourth in runs (34) and home runs (7).
Chambers was also picked as one of the Lady Lions' two "Players to Watch" this spring, joining senior pitcher Raychel DeArmitt (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte).
DeArmitt was a first team All-AMCC selection in 2014, leading the conference in wins with 16 while ranking second in shutouts (4), innings pitched (134.0), and strikeouts (122). Her 15 complete games were the third-most in the league, and her mark of 6.37 strikeouts per game was fourth-best. Among DeArmitt's highlights last year was pitching the fifth perfect game in Penn State Altoona softball history and the first of her collegiate career, which occurred on April 19 against Medaille College.
Penn State Altoona softball was 29-11 overall last season, including a 14-4 mark in the AMCC, which ranked second at the conclusion of the regular season. The team went on to post three straight wins in the conference tournament to clinch its second consecutive AMCC title and NCAA Tournament appearance. At the helm of the program this season is first-year head coach Jessica Bilko.
The Lady Lions open their season this Sunday, March 8 for a 1:00 PM doubleheader at Methodist University.
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