Williamson, King earn All-SAC honors

Williamson, King earn All-SAC honors

Two members of the Tusculum College softball team have been selected as members of the All-South Atlantic Conference team, as voted upon by the league's 12 head coaches and released Wednesday.

Sophomore outfielder Carolyn Williamson was a second-team selection while senior pitcher Kelly King was an honorable mention pick from the Pioneers, who finished the season in fourth place in the league with a 14-8 conference record.

Williamson led the Pioneers with a .304 average, and also paced the team with 49 hits and four triples (tied for 2nd in the SAC). The Knoxville native ranked third on the team in both runs scored with 25 and in walks with 11, and was tied for third with six stolen bases. She did not commit an error in 73 chances in left field and led the team with 12 multi-hit games.

In two seasons at Tusculum, Williamson has a career .297 average with 102 hits, 59 runs scored and 12 doubles to go along with 24 stolen bases and 31 runs batted in.

King finished 18-11 with a 1.54 earned run average in 33 appearances (28 starts) for the Pioneers, and set a school single-season record with eight shutouts. The righthander from Nazareth, Pa. threw 199 2/3 innings in the regular season and allowed 175 hits while striking out 114 and walking just 19 batters. In conference play, King went 8-5 with a 1.33 earned run average and 57 strikeouts against eight walks in 89 2/3 innings of work.

Overall, King led the SAC in innings pitched and complete games and ranked second in shutouts and games pitched. Her 18 wins were fourth-best in the league, while she was fifth in the conference in both ERA and strikeouts. She allowed one earned run or less in nine of her last 10 starts and walked no more than two batters in any of her 28 starts.

In two seasons at Tusculum after transferring from Indiana (Pa.), King has compiled a 32-18 record with a 1.80 earned run average and a school-record 15 shutouts in 64 appearances (49 starts). King has pitched 350 1/3 innings with the Pioneers, striking out 181 batters while walking 62 and holding opponents to a .232 batting average.

Kelli Hensley of Carson-Newman was named SAC Player of the Year, while Lenoir-Rhyne's Maryann Hoskins was selected as Pitcher of the Year. Freshman of the Year honors went to Anderson's Courtney Czentnar, whose head coach Tommy Hewitt was voted as Coach of the Year.

The Pioneers (30-22 overall) are the fourth seed in the Food Lion SAC Tournament, and will face host Lincoln Memorial in the opening round of the tournament on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Neely Field in Harrogate, Tenn.

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2014 South Atlantic Conference Softball Awards

First Team

C - Taylor Laskey, Wingate
1B - Danielle Swygert, Anderson
2B - Jamie Hockaday, Mars Hill
SS - Jody Mizelle, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B - Haily Jarman, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF - Kelli Hensley, Carson-Newman
OF - Molly Child, Anderson
OF - Brianna Mulkey, Lincoln Memorial
DP - Kayla Saliga, Wingate
UTIL - Alyssa Miller, Brevard
P - Maryann Hoskins, Lenoir-Rhyne
P - Stacey Houser, Wingate

Second Team
C - Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
1B - Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B - Mellena Helms, Wingate
SS - Abby Child, Anderson
3B - Robyn Stanek, Mars Hill
OF - Taylor Rosenbalm, Queens
OF - Sydney Weatherford, Coker
OF - Kristen Stinnard, Catawba
OF - Courtney Czentnar, Anderson
OF - Carolyn Williamson, Tusculum
DP - Kaitlyn Bodine, Queens
UTIL - Amanda Snow, Lincoln Memorial
P - Carley Tysinger, Catawba
P - Katelynn Howser, Anderson

Honorable Mention
C - Emily Boykin, Brevard
1B - Caitlyn Lance, Carson-Newman
2B - Jessica Neidigh, Anderson
SS - Alexis Burrell, Wingate
3B - Sara Kelley, Carson-Newman
OF - Dakota Keller, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP - Ashley Oliver, Lenoir-Rhyne
UTIL - Katherine Shumaker, Catawba
P - Kelly King, Tusculum
P - Jamie Hrobak, Brevard

SAC Player of the Year: Kelli Hensley, Carson-Newman
SAC Pitcher of the Year: Maryann Hoskins, Lenoir-Rhyne
SAC Freshman of the Year: Courtney Czentnar, Anderson
SAC Coach of the Year: Tommy Hewitt, Anderson