BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College softball program took home eight All-Conference nods as the Appalachian Athletic Conference announced its awards for the 2010 season.
Earning AAC All-Conference honors for pitching was senior Sarah Driver (Hopkinsville, Ky.). This is the third time the Hopkinsville native has been named to the All-AAC team. On the season, Driver has amassed a 12-7 record in 19 starts, while compiling a team low 1.81 ERA to go with her 115 strikeouts in just over 127 innings pitched.
Also earning the All-Conference nod at catcher was junior Gina Loflin (Salisbury, N.C.). Loflin earns the honor in just her first season of action in the AAC. For the 2010 campaign, Loflin carries a batting average of .358, leads the team with 26 runs scored and is tied for the team lead in RBI's with 28. Loflin has also been a model of consistency, starting every game this season (36) behind the plate for the Lady Bulldogs.
Taking home the All-Conference and All-Academic nod at first base was senior Bethany Outland (Hopkinsville, Ky.). The award is the second straight All-Conference team honor for Outland, while the All-Academic honor is the first such honor in her career. In 2010, Outland has amassed a career high .364 batting average while driving in 15 Lady Bulldogs on the season. Having started all 36 games on the year at the corner position, she has earned a fielding percentage of .991, the highest of any Lady Bulldog in 2010.
Earning the last of the four All-Conference honors, at the Utility position, was sophomore Abby Sears (London, Ky.). The All-Conference honor for the London native is her second straight All-Conference selection. On the season, Sears carries a team high .387 batting average while also leading the team in homeruns (5), is tied for the team lead in RBI's (28) and leads the team in slugging percentage at .575.
Sears has also started in every game on the campaign, splitting the 36 starts between right field, third base and the pitching circle.
Also receiving conference honors were Jennifer Burke (Ewing, Va.), Lee Davis (Lexington, Ky.) and Christie Day (Outfield) as all three players were named to the 2010 AAC All-Academic team.
Davis has played and started at second base in 27 games on the year. So far in her senior season, Davis has amassed a .307 batting average to go along with her .413 slugging percentage.
Jennifer Burke has seen action in 17 games, starting in two of those contests for Union, while Christie Day has made four starts on the year and has seen action in 15 games in the outfield for the Lady Bulldogs.