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KIAC Player of the Year Mao leads Point Park All-KIAC Softball selections

April 28, 2015
Senior Karen Mao was named 2015 KIAC Player of the Year.

KIAC All-Conference Teams/Awards

PITTSBURGH -- KIAC Softball Player of the Year Karen Mao leads Point Park’s long list of honorees that came with the announcement of the 2015 KIAC All-Conference Softball Teams and individual awards Monday, April 27.

Mao is one of eight Point Park players on the KIAC All-Conference First or Second Team. The Pioneers had seven players on the KIAC All-Conference First Team, the most in the conference.

The KIAC All-Conference First Team had 22 players selected with three catchers, four outfielders, five pitchers and 10 infielders named. The KIAC All-Conference second team had 13 honorees, including two pitchers, three catchers, five infielders and three outfielders named.

The KIAC All-Conference Teams were selected by the KIAC softball head coaches and recognized at the KIAC Tournament last Friday.

Point Park finished the year 29-16 overall and 21-7 in the KIAC to claim the No. 2 seed in the KIAC Tournament. The Pioneers went 1-2 in the KIAC Tournament to have their season come to an end.

Mao’s monster season included a .386 batting average, eight doubles, seven home runs and 56 RBIs in 42 games. She ranked 13th overall in batting average and 8th overall with a slugging percentage of .607. Mao was 15th overall with a .986 fielding percentage. Mao earned KIAC Player of the Week honors earlier this season.

Gabi Vogt, a senior third baseman from McKeesport, Pa. and South Allegheny High School, earned first team honors with a .402 batting average, the 10th overall in the KIAC. Her .582 slugging percentage also put her in 10th in the KIAC. Vogt started 38 games for the Pioneers and earned KIAC Player of the Week honors.

Hannah Harley, a junior right-hander from Indiana, Pa. and Indiana Area High School, was one of the five pitchers honored. She ended the season 11-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 19 games, including 11 complete games and 99.1 innings pitched. Harley ranked 4th in innings pitched (99.1), 4th in strikeouts (74) and 4th in wins (11). Harley earned All-KIAC honors last year, and was named KIAC Pitcher of the Week earlier this season.

Taylor Geary, a junior left fielder from Glassport, Pa. and South Allegheny High School, hit leadoff for the Pioneers in all 45 games this season. Geary had a .543 slugging percentage (15th overall) and placed 17th in the conference with a .352 batting average.

Becca Babincak, a sophomore shortstop from Gibsonia, Pa. and Deer Lakes High School, was 9th overall with a .405 batting average and was 19th overall with a .420 on base percentage. Babincak started all 45 games at short for the Pioneers, ending the season with a .918 fielding percentage.

Alyssa McMurtrie, a sophomore center fielder from Coraopolis, Pa. and Montour High School, started 45 games for the Pioneers. McMurtrie was 6th in the KIAC with a .622 slugging percentage and24th with a .333 batting average. She had a .410 on base percentage and fielded her position with a .983 percentage, 17th overall.

Jess Beitler, a freshman catcher and designated hitter from McKeesport, Pa. and McKeesport High School earned first team honors with a .458 batting average, placing her second overall in the KIAC. Her .708 slugging percentage was third overall, and she had 55 hits, including seven home runs and 32 RBIs. Beitler also posted a perfect fielding percentage on the year.

Carly Rosso, a freshman outfielder from Pittsburgh, Pa. and Steel Valley High School, earned second-team KIAC All-Conference honors. Rosso had a .333 batting average and a .417 slugging percentage, but her speed is what made her dangerous once she was on the bases. Rosso started 20 games and played in 33 for the Pioneers this season.

For the complete listing of the KIAC All-Conference Softball Teams, click the link at the top of the page.

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