MU softball racks up awards, Pratt named Central Athlete of the Year
Mansfield University head softball coach Edith Gallagher was selected to back-to-back PSAC Central Coach of the Year honors while Kate Pratt (Troy, Pa./Troy) earned Central Athlete of the Year and Megan Miller (Hughesville, Pa./Hughesville) was named Freshman of the Year to highlight the Mountaineer's lengthy conference accolades. All-PSAC voting was conducted amongst the conference head coaches and released today.
Pratt, Stephanie Simmeth (Cheektowaga, N.Y./St. Mary's) and Courtney Bauder (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore) were each selected to All-PSAC Central team honors.
In her 22nd season at the helm of the program, Gallagher piloted Mansfield to its most successful season in program history after claiming a share of its first PSAC Central division title while earning the first conference playoff berth since 2009. The Mounties' 25 victories were the most since 2002 when Mansfield won 27 games on its way to an ECAC Championship.
The Mountaineers were clutch down the stretch as they picked up a huge sweep of Lock Haven at home before splitting with Bloomsburg on the road to close out the regular season and clinch the divisional crown. The Mountaineers won 11 of their last 14 regular season games.
Mansfield was picked to finish fourth behind Lock Haven, IUP and Bloomsburg in the 2013 PSAC Central preseason poll.
Pratt, who was one of the most feared players in the conference, earns the first Player of the Year distinction in program history. The junior led the PSAC in home runs (17), RBIs (50) and slugging percentage (.888) while ranking second in doubles (13), seventh in runs scored (38) and ninth in batting average (.396).
Pratt set MU single-season records in home runs, RBIs and extra base hits (31). She also made her mark on the Mansfield career record book by setting the all-time home runs (32), doubles (35), extra base hits (71) and RBIs (115) marks in just her third season at Mansfield.
Pratt was also selected to All-PSAC Central shortstop distinction for the third time in her career.
Miller was named PSAC Central Freshman of the Year after hitting .276 while making 34 starts in the outfield for the Mounties. She drove in 16 runs while scoring 14 of her own. Miller had six doubles, a triple and home run in her rookie campaign.
Simmeth earned All-PSAC Central outfielder honors in back-to-back seasons after posting the second highest batting average on the team at .339. Simmeth was especially dangerous in PSAC play where she hit a team-best .375 clip with a .466 on base percentage in the toughest division in the PSAC. The junior ranked 10th in the conference in total runs scored with 36.
Bauder batted .333 while starting all 40 games at second base to earn All-PSAC Central distinction for the first time in her career. The sophomore led the PSAC with a school-record 16 doubles and ranked 10th in slugging percentage at .616. She was second on the team in RBIs (24) and home runs (6) and third in runs scored (32).