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Prather earns ASC Player of Year; Nine @Patriot_sb players honored

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – UT Tyler senior Kaylee Prather has been named the American Southwest Conference Player of the Year, Whitney Romero the ASC Freshman of the Year and the Patriots earned five first-team honors, four second-team selections and one honorable mention nod as voted on by league coaches.

Alaina Kissinger, KK Stevens, Cheyenne Thompson, Andrea Gonzales and Prather each earned first-team honors, while Mel Hinojosa, Bianca Van Vlerah, Lexi Ackroyd and Romero were second-team selections. UT Tyler junior short stop Hannah Moore received honorable mention selection. The Patriots finished as the ASC regular-season champion and the ASC Championship runner-up and will learn where they will begin the NCAA postseason at noon on Monday, May 8 with an NCAA selection show on ncaa.com.

Prather has established a new program record with 77 hits this season which leads the nation and has a .510 batting average entering the NCAA postseason. An outfielder from Elysian Fields, Prather has 10 doubles, five triples, two home runs and 60 singles this season. Her 77 hits passed Joey Cronin (2013) and Lauren Robenalt (2014) who had owned the single-season record of 74 hits before Prather’s historic season. Despite transferring in as a junior and playing at UT Tyler for only two seasons, Prather is already 10th all-time with 148 career hits (148-for-316) and leads the program with a .468 batting average, .509 on-base percentage and 71 stolen bases. Prather is the third Patriot in a row to earn ASC Player of the Year honors following Stevens (2015) and Raven Rodriguez (2016).

Kissinger was named an ASC all-conference selection for the fourth time and will enter the NCAA postseason with a staggering 66-4 career record. A senior from Telephone, Kissinger is 22-2 this season with 92 strikeouts and a 1.48 ERA through 141 2/3 innings. She has 380 strikeouts in her career with a 1.09 ERA in 442 2/3 innings for the Patriots.

Stevens earns her third ASC postseason honor after hitting .380 with 12 home runs and 11 doubles in her senior season. A Plano native, Stevens will enter the NCAA postseason with 198 career hits 155 RBI and 996 putouts in 199 games played at catcher for the Patriots. Thompson earns first-team honors after putting together a sensational sophomore season that has her currently with 63 hits and a .434 batting average. An outfielder from Mexia, Thompson leads the Patriots with 17 double and 46 RBI and has also produced seven home runs. Gonzales earns the honor in her first season at UT Tyler after hitting .421 with 51 total hits that includes 14 doubles. She hit her first home run of the season last Saturday in the ASC Championship finals and has recorded 215 putouts this season at first base without an error.

Ackroyd is an all-conference second team selection as a senior with a .384 batting average and 26 RBI. An outfielder with 141 putouts and only one error as a sophomore, Ackroyd has produced 97 RBI and has 139 career hits in her career. Van Vlerah is in her second season at UT Tyler and is hitting .352 as a senior. She has started all 43 games at second base and enters the NCAA postseason with 45 total hits and 29 RBI. Hinojosa has started 43 games at third base and is an all-conference selection after hitting .398 with 32 RBI. A Houston native, Hinojosa has two home runs this season and eight in her career.

Romero earns ASC Freshman of the Year and second-team honors with a 13-1 record in the circle for the Patriots. A right-hander from Louisiana, Romero has recorded 70 strikeouts and has a 1.21 ERA through 86 2/3 innings of work this season. She threw one no-hitter and has 12 complete games and eight shutouts.

The NCAA will announce its tournament field at noon on Monday, May 8 on NCAA.com. Links will be posted on www.twitter.com/uttylerpatriots for fans wanting to watch.

2017 All-American Southwest Conference Softball Teams

Individual Awards

Player of the Year – Kaylee Prather, UT Tyler
Pitcher of the Year – Savannah Settle, Louisiana College
Freshman of the Year – Whitney Romero, UT Tyler
Co-Newcomer of the Year – Jordan Anderson, East Texas Baptist; Makenzi Dawson, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year – Isaura Rodriguez, Sul Ross State
Coaching Staff of the Year – UT Dallas (Head Coach Rich Wieligman, Assistant Coaches Rayn House, Kelly Archer, Jerry Fleming)

First Team

Pos.

Name

Cl.

Member

Hometown / HS

1B

Andrea Gonzales

Jr.

UT Tyler

Elgin, Texas / Elgin

2B

Linzie Lewis

So.

East Texas Baptist

Maypearl, Texas / Maypearl

SS

Makenzi Dawson

So.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Robinson, Texas / Robinson

3B

Leah Brown4

Sr.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Waco, Texas / Crawford

C

KK Stevens4

Sr.

UT Tyler

Plano, Texas / Plano East

OF

Melissa Livermore2

So.

UT Dallas

Frisco, Texas / Wakeland

OF

Kaylee Prather2

Sr.

UT Tyler

Elysian Fields, Texas / Elysian Fields

OF

Lindsey Vasquez2

Sr.

East Texas Baptist

Hallsville, Texas / Hallsville

UTL

Jayme Perez4

Sr.

East Texas Baptist

Austin, Texas / James Bowie

DP

Jessica Vlasek

Fr.

UT Dallas

Houston, Texas / St. John's

P

Alaina Kissinger4

Sr.

UT Tyler

Telephone, Texas / Sam Rayburn

P

Savannah Settle3

Jr.

Louisiana College

Natchitoches, La. / Natchitoches

P

Lauren McLeod2

Sr.

UT Dallas

Manchaca, Texas / Austin Westlake

At-Large

Jordan Anderson (P)

Jr.

East Texas Baptist

Hawley, Texas ? Hawley

At-Large

Stefanie Polderman (OF) 2

Jr.

UT Dallas

Vancouver, B.C., Can./Rockridge Secondary

At-Large

Cheyenne Thompson (OF)

So.

UT Tyler

Mexia, Texas / Mexia

 

Second Team

Pos.

Name

Cl.

Member

Hometown / HS

1B

Lacey Lindsey4

Sr.

East Texas Baptist

Leander, Texas / Leander

2B

Bianca Van Vlerah

Sr.

UT Tyler

Austin, Texas / James Bowie

SS

Heather Gilbert

Sr.

UT Dallas

Lindale, Texas / Lindale

3B

Mel Hinojosa

Sr.

UT Tyler

Houston, Texas / La Porte

C

Cori Drake2

Sr.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

North Zulch, Texas / North Zulch

OF

Lexi Ackroyd

Sr.

UT Tyler

Frisco, Texas / Lone Star

OF

Devon Walter2

Jr.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Southlake, Texas / Carroll

OF

Breanna Greer

So.

Hardin-Simmons

Fort Worth, Texas / Byron Nelson

UTL

Tayler Rushing

Sr.

Howard Payne

Arlington, Texas / Bowie

DP

Katie Ventress

Jr.

Univ. of the Ozarks

Oklahoma City, Okla. / Bethany

P

Whitney Romero

Fr.

UT Tyler

Lafayette, La. / St. Thomas More

P

Karen Tennis2

Jr.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

League City, Texas / Bay Area Christian

P

Allie Stephens

So.

UT Dallas

Mineral Wells, Texas / Mineral Wells

At-Large

Shelby Bergeron (OF)

So.

Louisiana College

Morgan Sity, La. / Berwick

At-Large

Sara Davison (P)

Sr.

UT Dallas

Round Rock, Texas / Round Rock

At-Large

Taylor Hammock (SS)

Fr.

Louisiana College

Vivian, La. / Calvary Baptist

 

Third Team

Pos.

Name

Cl.

Member

Hometown / HS

1B

Mattie Stine2

Jr.

Louisiana College

Hackberry, La. / Hackberry

2B

Courtney Matulis2

Sr.

LeTourneau

Pittsburgh, Texas / Harmony

2B

Ravin Wilson2

So.

UT Dallas

Dayton, Texas / Dayton

SS

Kaitlyn Hollingshead4

Sr.

East Texas Baptist

New Braunfels, Texas / Canyon

3B

Zuriah Leyva2

So.

Sul Ross State

Carlsbad, N.M. / Carlsbad

C

Gabby Gonzales

Jr.

East Texas Baptist

Baytown, Texas / Baytown

OF

Brittani Whitten

Jr.

Concordia Texas

Roseville, Calif. / Roseville

OF

Brittany Perkins2

Sr.

UT Dallas

Grapevine, Texas / Grapevine

OF

Linsey Tomlinson

Fr.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Huffman, Texas / Hargrave

UTL

Kirsten Kenyon

Jr.

Hardin-Simmons

Petrolia, Texas / Petrolia

DP

Not awarded

 

 

 

P

Rocki Tello2

Jr.

East Texas Baptist

Katy, Texas / St. Pius X

P

Shelby Burrus2

Sr.

Concordia Texas

Eastland, Texas / Eastland

P

Lexie Allen

Fr.

Hardin-Simmons

Graham, Texas / Graham

At-Large

Samantha Halliburton (C)

Jr.

UT Dallas

Beaumont, Texas / Kelly Catholic

At-Large

Faith Genoway (P)

So.

LeTourneau

Lake Jackson, Texas / West Columbia

At-Large

Jackie Gonzalez (P)

Jr.

Sul Ross State

El Paso, Texas / Montwood

 

Honorable Mention

Pos.

Name

Cl.

Member

Hometown / HS

1B

Karley Free3

Jr.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Henderson, Texas / Henderson

2B

Sami Walters

Fr.

Louisiana College

Mansfield, La. / North DeSoto

SS

Braleigh Middleton2

Sr.

Hardin-Simmons

Abilene, Texas / Wylie

SS

Ashlin Roach2

Jr.

LeTourneau

Hughes Springs, Texas ? hughes Springs

SS

Hannah Moore

Jr.

UT Tyler

Cy Fair, Texas / Cy Fair

3B

Kendall Moore

Sr.

UT Dallas

Saginaw, Texas / Saginaw

3B

Angelica Arroyo2

So.

Concordia Texas

Buda, Texas / Hays

C

Destanie Hernandez

Jr.

Sul Ross State

El Paso, Texas / Montwood

C

Kourtney Herrera2

Sr.

Louisiana College

Marrero, La. / John Ehret

OF

Darrian Doederlein2

Jr.

Sul Ross State

Lamesa, Texas / Lamesa

OF

Myranda Hinojosa4

Sr.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Edinburgh, Texas / Edinburgh

OF

Whitney Judd

Sr.

LeTourneau

Azle, Texas / Azle

OF

Ashley Brown

Sr.

Hardin-Simmons

Mount Vernon, Texas / Mount Vernon

OF

Alexis Trotter

Jr.

Sul Ross State

Kyle, Texas / Kyle

OF

Brooke Hoffsommer

Jr.

Univ. of the Ozarks

Alma, Ark. / Alma

OF

Jordan Mason2

Sr.

Louisiana College

Vivian, La. / North Caddo

OF

Shea Smith

Fr.

Louisiana College

Springhill, La. / North Webster

UTL

Hannah Oler

Jr.

Univ. of the Ozarks

Needville, Texas / Needville

UTL

Isaura Rodriguez

Sr.

Sul Ross State

El Paso, Texas / Coronado

 

Two-Time All-Conference Selection2

Three-Time All-Conference Selection3

Four-Time All-Conference Selection4

 

 

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