Andrews, McKinnon, Stacevicz, Noons Earn Awards at University of Delaware Softball Banquet
May 31, 2011
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. –Blue Hen sophomore Lara Andrews, freshman Michelle McKinnon, junior Amanda Stacevicz and freshman Brittney Noons each were award recipients at the University of Delaware Softball Banquet held earlier this month.
Andrews was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player, while McKinnon earned Offensive Most Valuable Player accolades. Stacevicz was named the squad’s Defensive Most Valuable Player, while Noons was honored with the team’s Sportsmanship Award.
Andrews (above right) started all 55 games in center field during her first season in Newark, ranking second on the team with a .298 batting average. The team’s third hitter in the order, Andrews also ranked third on the squad with 42 hits and 19 RBI while leading the team with 27 walks. She batted .320 during CAA games, and was named to the conference All-Tournament Team. Andrews recorded a three-hit game during a victory over UMES on March 13 and added seven two-hit games on the year.
McKinnon (above left) had a very impressive freshman campaign, when she started all 55 games including 53 at second base. A member of the CAA All-Rookie Team and second team All-CAA, McKinnon led the squad and ranked seventh in the conference with a .322 batting average. Her 46 hits and six stolen bases were the second most on the Blue Hens, while her 24 runs scored were third on the squad. McKinnon recorded three-hit games against George Mason, Hofstra and Army, while her 17 sacrifice hits are tied for fourth in Division I.
Stacevicz (below left), who earned second team All-CAA honors for the second consecutive season as a designated player/pitcher, again led the Delaware pitching staff with an 11-9 record and a 3.27 earned run average. Stacevicz fired seven complete games and notched two saves on the season while striking out 84 batters in 137 inning pitched. She was 5-1 with a 2.39 ERA in 15 conference games, and picked up key league victories over James Madison, UNC Wilmington and Drexel. Stacevicz was also the Blue Hens’ cleanup hitter, batting .258 at the plate while ranking second on the team with eight doubles and 23 RBI.
Noons (below right) appeared in 44 games while starting 30, including 10 behind the plate and 20 as the team’s designated player, during her freshman season. She batted .188 on the season but increased her average to .333 in 16 conference contests. Noons went 2 for 2 against both George Mason and Georgia State, and drilled her only home run of the season against Ball State on March 18. She also drove home two runs in a victory over UMES and scored a pair of runs during a win over Hampton.
The Blue Hens finished the season with a 21-34 overall record, and qualified for the CAA Tournament by placing fourth in the conference with a 10-11 league mark.Back To Softball Home Softball Story Archive