2014 All-KIAC Softball Team has Morran, Mao and Harley from Point Park
May 5, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Point Park's All-KIAC Softball players (L to R): SS Ashley Morran, 1B Karen Mao and RHP Hannah Harley receive their all-conference awards May 2 at the KIAC Tournament in Berea, Ky. Photo by Zachary Weiss.
PITTSBURGH -- The 2014 All-KIAC Softball Team was announced by the conference on Monday (May 5), and shortstop Ashley Morran, first baseman Karen Mao and starting pitcher Hannah Harley made the all-conference team from Point Park.
The All-KIAC Softball Team had 17 players selected, and voting was done by the KIAC softball head coaches last week at the KIAC Tournament. There were four infielders, six outfielders, two catchers and five pitchers named. There was not an All-KIAC Second Team named.
Morran was in contention for getting the KIAC Player of the Year award for the second season in a row, but that honor went to freshman catcher Shelby Lucas of KIAC regular season and tournament champion IU Southeast (41-10, 25-3 KIAC).
Point Park finished the year at 26-17 overall and went 19-8 KIAC to place second in the regular-season standings and take the No. 2 seed in the KIAC Tournament. The Pioneers had their season come to an end with an 0-2 showing at the conference tourney.
Morran, a senior shortstop from Washington, Pa., and Trinity High School, had another great year at the plate hitting .364 with 14 doubles, 11 homers and 47 RBIs in 43 games. She led the KIAC in home runs, doubles and RBIs and was fourth in slugging percentage at .706.
Morran was 17th in the KIAC in batting average although only three players had more hits than the 52 that she totaled. Of those 52 hits, 36 of them went for extra bases.
For her career as a four-year starter, the 2012 and 2013 NAIA Honorable Mention All-American's statistics over 166 games include a .363 batting average, 40 home runs, 174 RBIs, 186 hits, 137 runs and a .699 slugging percentage.
Mao, a junior first baseman from Anaheim, Calif., led Point Park with a .375 batting average, which ranked 11th in the KIAC. Her 48 hits were 8th-most in the KIAC, and she also had one home run and 31 RBIs. Mao had a slugging percentage of .484 and an on-base average of .415.
She was the next-most productive hitter in the Point Park lineup next to Morran in terms of average and RBIs. Mao transferred this year from Clarendon (Texas) JC, and she was 11th in the KIAC in fielding percentage at .972 while splitting her 41 starts between first base and third base.
Harley, a sophomore right-hander from Indiana, Pa., and Indiana Area High School, was one of five pitchers on the All-KIAC team. Harley had the best record of any Point Park pitcher at 8-3 with a 3.55 ERA. She appeared in 17 games with 11 starts, three complete games and 75.0 innings pitched.
Harley ranked ninth in the KIAC in ERA (3.55), 14th in innings pitched (75.0), eighth in wins (8) and 11th in strikeouts (57). After starting the season 1-2, she won seven straight decisions entering the KIAC Tournament to lead Point Park to second place in the conference standings at 19-8 KIAC.
For the complete listing of the All-KIAC Softball Team, click the link at the top of the page.