Saint Leo, Fla. (May 9, 2007) – Three Saint Leo University softball players were named to the All-Sunshine State Conference Softball Team, it was announced Wednesday by SSC Commissioner Michael J. Marcil.
Senior SS Alison Flynn (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore starting pitcher Ashley Urbanik (Riverview, Fla.) were named to the Second Team. Senior catcher Erin Brunt (Clearwater, Fla.) rounded out the trio of selections for the Lions, as she was an Honorable Mention honoree marking the fourth straight year she has earned All-Conference honors.
Flynn, named All-Conference for the first time in her career, was one of the leaders for the Lions all season, finishing second on the team with a .317 batting average while being tied for the team lead with 27 RBI. She led the team with 21 sacrifices, establishing a new single-season record and was also the program’s all-time leader with 70 career sacrifices. She was also second with 50 total hits, and was the team leader with 14 doubles. In addition, her nine multiple-RBI games was tops on the team.
Urbanik, who was an Honorable Mention selection in 2006 as a utility player, posted a 24-11 record in 2007 with a 1.29 ERA. She ranked third in the league with a career-high 235 strikeouts and tossed 30 complete-games in 31 starts as a sophomore. Urbanik also registered two saves and batted .268 while tying Flynn for the team lead with 27 RBI.
Brunt, a Second Team All-SSC choice each of her first three years, rounded out a four-year playing career ranked fourth all-time at Saint Leo with 40 career doubles, and third with 12 career home runs. In 2007 the senior catcher picked off four base-runners and threw out nine base stealers, while finishing third on the team with a .273 batting average and second with 23 RBI.
In addition to the announcement of the All-Conference Team, the conference recognized individual award winners. Nova Southeastern’s Katie Veltri was chosen SSC Player of the Year. Florida Southern’s Megan Brown was named SSC Pitcher of the Year. Barry’s Amanda Goelz received SSC Freshman of the Year honors, and Florida Southern’s Chris Bellotto was tabbed SSC Coach of the Year.
Voting for the All-SSC team was conducted among the league’s softball coaches and sports information directors.
SSC champion Florida Southern led all schools with seven players on the all-conference team, including six first team honorees. Barry, Florida Tech, and Rollins each placed four student-athletes on the All-SSC squad. Tampa and Saint Leo had three representatives, while Nova Southeastern had two. Lynn and Eckerd each had one player who was recognized.