Vulcans dominate PSAC team picks
College Football Videos
The California University of Pennsylvania softball program received three post-season awards and featured nine All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West selections, including seven first-team honorees, on Wednesday afternoon.
Senior catcher Natalie Wideman was tabbed the PSAC West Athlete of the Year, as the Vulcans have now boasted the division's Athlete of the Year 13 times in the last 20 years. She leads the league with a .458 batting average (54-for-118) and 45 runs scored while moving into the leadoff spot midway through the season. Wideman ranks second in the PSAC with a .484 on-base percentage and sits fourth in the league with a .703 slugging percentage and 21 stolen bases. The Ontario native also earned All-PSAC First-Team status for the third time overall in her career.
Sophomore Alex Sagl repeated as the PSAC West Pitcher of the Year, as Cal U featured the top pitcher in the division for the fifth time in the last six years. She is currently tied for first in the PSAC with a career-high 23 victories and ranks second in the league with 169 strikeouts. The Ontario native also sits third in the conference with a 1.40 ERA and a .194 opponents batting average (97-for-500).
Head coach Rick Bertagnolli was selected the PSAC West Coach of the Year for the sixth-consecutive season and 14th time in his career. He guided the Vulcans to their first PSAC Tournament Championship since 2000 and an undefeated mark in divisional play for the first time since 1998, finishing with a 23-0 league mark. Cal U enters this weekend's NCAA Tournament with a 35-5 overall record after recording a 28-game winning streak that spanned nearly 50 days.
In addition to Sagl and Wideman, senior second baseman Shelby Lia, junior shortstop Breanna Morris and sophomore first baseman Lindsay Reicoff all repeated as All-PSAC West First-Team selections.
Senior designated player Stephani Ellis and freshman utility Megan Jahoda were both also named to the All-PSAC West First-Team.
Lia received All-PSAC West accolades for the third time in her career at second base (Second Team 2011, First Team 2013-14). She ranks eighth in the league with eight homers and 35 RBI while also posting a .323 average (40-for-124) and 31 runs scored. Morris sits third in the conference with a .426 average (52-for-122) and ranks ninth in the league with 33 runs scored, .656 slugging percentage and 10 stolen bases.
She has also totaled 12 doubles, four homers and 29 RBI while starting all 40 games. Reicoff ranks fourth in the PSAC with both 10 homers and 38 RBI, while sitting among the top 10 with 36 runs scored and .667 slugging percentage. She has tallied a .381 average (48-for-126) while belting double-digit homers for the second-straight year.
Ellis earned All-PSAC West status for the first time in her career after posting a .325 average (26-for-80), seven doubles, six homers, 23 RBI and 21 runs scored. Jahoda was the lone freshman named to the All-PSAC West First-Team, tallying a .278 average (20-for-72) with five homers and 17 RBI.
Freshman Kaity Davis and sophomore third baseman Natalya Smarra were both selected to the All-PSAC West Second-Team on Wednesday. Davis ranks eighth in the league with 12 victories and has tallied a 2.32 ERA while tossing 99.2 innings behind nine complete games. Smarra ranks fourth on the team with a .340 average (34-for-100) and has posted four homers, 22 RBI and 26 runs scored.
The Vulcans earned the top seed and hosting rights for this weekend's NCAA Tournament at Lilley Field. Cal U open plays in the tournament on Friday against Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Champion Winston-Salem State at 1 p.m.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- IUP men, women remain among Division II basketball elite
- Cal U women’s basketball team, students share grief before game
- Local roundup: PSNK men’s basketball team loses to PSU York
- Mathers shines for St. Vincent women’s basketball team
- Campus clippings: St. Joseph grad dealing with setback at Westminster
- Robert Morris hockey holds off Penn State in Three Rivers Classic
- Pitt-Greensburg hockey team No. 1 in National Collegiate Hockey Association
- District college notebook: Wydo sets Robert Morris hockey points record