Point Park's All-AMC selections highlighted by top pitcher, top freshman awards
May 13, 2010
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University softball players Kelsey Robertson and Amanda Ardinger each took home one of the top individual honors in the American Mideast Conference after voting results of the All-AMC teams were released by the league.
Robertson (pictured above), a freshman pitcher from Frostburg, Md., was selected the AMC Softball Pitcher of the Year after turning in a conference-leading earned-run average of 1.53 and a record of 6-1. The 2009 graduate of Mountain Ridge High School also tied for the league lead in saves with three. Robertson ranked in the top 10 in the NAIA in walks allowed (9) and earned runs allowed (12). Opponents batted .224 off of her in 55 innings.
Ardinger, a freshman left fielder from Moon Twp., Pa., was named the AMC Freshman of the Year after leading the AMC in batting average at .519 (41 for 79). The 2009 graduate of Moon Area High School was tied for first in the NAIA in hitting as of this week. Ardinger’s slugging percentage of .810 was second in the AMC, and she led the league in on-base percentage at .568.
Ardinger (pictured left) will not have an opportunity to add to her batting average because Point Park’s season is over, but she may end up leading the country in hitting depending on the performances of other hitting leaders in the upcoming NAIA national tournament. For national leaders, click here.
Robertson and Ardinger each earned a spot on the All-AMC softball first team, and the Pioneers (19-11, 8-7 AMC) had five players receive recognition from the All-AMC awards.
The All-AMC teams include a first and second team that are each made up of the following: eight position players, three pitchers, a designated player and utility player. There were also 23 All-AMC honorable mention selections.
Senior catcher Christie Schroeder (Baldwin/Baldwin) was named the All-AMC second-team catcher for the third year in a row. The Baldwin, Pa., native batted .341 (30 for 88) this year as the Pioneers’ No. 3 hitter, and she did not make an error behind the plate. She also handled a pitching staff that boasted a team ERA of 2.61. Schroeder’s career batting average of .358 includes 116 hits in 110 games.
A four-year starter, Schroeder is also an NAIA Scholar Athlete as a journalism and mass communications student.
Senior Courtney Cain (Homestead/Steel Valley) earned All-AMC honorable mention honors at first base while freshman Danielle Dorunda (Warren/Warren) did the same at third base. Cain received all-conference honors for the second time in her career after taking home All-AMC second-team recognition as a utility player last year.
Cain batted .348 (32 for 92) this season, and over the last two years of her career she hit .350 with nine homers and 39 RBIs. Cain started out her career as a catcher, but she then made the move to first base as an upperclassman.
Dorunda started every game at third base as a freshman this season, and she led the Pioneers with five home runs and 24 RBIs. The Warren, Pa., native was second on the team in hitting at .382 (34 for 89), and she slugged .607.
Notre Dame (OH) right fielder Charisse Colston received the biggest award in the conference as the AMC Player of the Year. Colston hit .433 with seven homers and 35 RBIs for the Falcons, who won the AMC tournament title.
Ralph Cole of Shawnee State was named the AMC Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to the AMC regular-season title and a berth in the tournament championship game. The 19-year coaching veteran won his 500th career game at Point Park on March 28.
Point Park had an overall record of 19-11 this past season, and the Pioneers were 8-7 in the AMC. It was the second year in a row that Point Park missed the conference tournament by one game. The Pioneers have a record of 41-25 over the last two years.
The Pioneers lose only Schroeder and Cain to graduation for next year’s team. Point Park had four freshmen in its regular batting order this year, and head coach Michelle Coultas will welcome back her entire pitching staff next season.