CAA Release

University of Delaware sophomore catcher Anna Steinmetz was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association Softball First Team while junior first baseman Mariah Kondravy was selected to the second team as the league announced its all-conference award winners Tuesday night.

Steinmetz (Glen Mills, Pa./West Chester Bayard Rustin), who earned All-CAA Second Team and CAA Rookie of the Year honors a year ago, was named to the first team this season as she leads the team with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. Steinmetz ranks second on the Blue Hens with a .359 batting average, 55 hits and eight doubles, while her 23 runs scored are fourth most on the squad. She has started all 51 games behind the plate this season, leading the team with 18 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI efforts.

Steinmetz's 11 homers runs are tied for second most in the CAA and rank fourth in a UD single season, while her 43 RBI are sixth in the league and fifth in a Blue Hen single season. Already the school's career leader with 26 homers, she belted a game-winning grand slam in the seventh inning during the 5-4 victory over Winthrop on Mar. 11.

Kondravy (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), who earned second team All-CAA honors as a freshman and first team accolades a year ago, becomes Delaware's first three-time all-conference honoree since Amanda Cariello from 1999-2002. She has started every game this season, all but one at first base, and leads the Blue Hens with a .364 batting average, 60 hits, and a CAA-best 17 doubles. Kondravy also ranks second on the squad and seventh in the league with 40 RBI, while her 17 doubles are two shy of the UD single season record.

Kondravy, who already holds the UD career RBI record, is one home run behind Steinmetz on the career home runs list. She has hit safely in 13 consecutive games, two away from the school record, and smacked a game-winning three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning during the 5-4 victory at Charleston on Apr. 22.

Additionally Blue Hen junior shortstop Leanna Gearhart (Robbinsville, N.J./Robbinsville), who carries a 3.726 grade point average as an exercise science major, was the Blue Hens' representative on the CAA All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year. Gearhart has started 48 games this season, leading the CAA in steals for the second straight year with 33 thefts, 12 more than any other player in the league. She paces the team with 36 runs scored and is third with 48 hits, while ranking fourth on the squad with a .310 batting average. Already UD's career leader with 88 steals, Gearhart ranks second with 127 runs scored, eight shy of the school record.

Delaware finished its regular season with a 24-27 overall record, and earned the fifth seed in the CAA Championship with a 10-11 league mark. The Blue Hens open tournament play on Wednesday at 11 a.m. against fourth-seeded UNCW at James Madison's Veterans Memorial Park.

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