Westmoreland campus clippings: P-T grad Emma Nedley named top Ivy League freshman
Emma Nedley was so good this season for the Penn softball team, the postseason award she garnered Wednesday almost seemed anticlimactic.
Nedley was rewarded for her breakthrough season by being named Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
A freshman outfielder from Penn-Trafford, she also made the all-conference first team as a unanimous selection.
Nedley, on the ballot for the NFCA Freshman of the Year award — the top 25 freshmen in the nation make the list — hit .386 with 26 runs, eight doubles, a team-high five homers and 23 RBIs.
She hit .435 with 17 runs against conference opponents. She had more steals (9) and hits (30) than any league freshman. According to Penn, the team had a 12-2 record when Nedley had an RBI and 16-5 when she scored a run.
Marist: Redshirt junior Claire Oberdorf (Greensburg Salem) was named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament team after the Foxes (35-22) reached the championship game before falling to Monmouth, 6-1. She had four hits, four runs and two RBIs in four games. She also made the all-tournament team last season. Oberdorf batted .302 with six homers and 13 RBIs this season.
Penn State: Chelsea Bisi (Derry) was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after a breakthrough season. Bisi, the team’s offensive player of the year, took a .319 average, team-best 37 RBIs and 13 home runs into the conference playoffs.
Penn State broke the program record for home runs with 48.
Penn State Altoona: Sophomore outfielder Olivia Miller (Yough) was named to the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiat Conference second team.
Pitt-Greensburg: Sophomore first baseman Tayjah White was named to the All-AMCC third team.
Saint Vincent: Freshman pitcher Celia Knappenberger was named the PAC Player of the Year, and Nicole Karr was named PAC Coach of the Year. The Bearcats won the conference and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Knappenberger took a 16-7 record into the national tournament. She had a 1.62 ERA, 96 strikeouts and five saves in 1551⁄3 innings. Karr, in her 13th season, led SVC to the conference title, at home, and the NCAA trip.
Knappenberger, sophomore Alona Sleith (Yough) senior Kelly Flaherty and sophomore Johnna Karas (Norwin) were named to the All-PAC first team. Sophomore Lauren Miller made the second team.
Gannon: Sophomore pitcher Deven Judy (Belle Vernon) made the All-PSAC West first team. Entering the PSAC Tournament, Judy had a 7-0 record with a 2.34 ERA, 82 strikeouts and 27 walks in 651⁄3 innings.
Pitt: Senior outfielder Connor Perry (Norwin) hit two home runs as the Panthers topped Western Michigan, 14-3. Perry is hitting .304 with 15 home runs, 35 RBIs and 56 runs — all team highs. Perry and the Panthers (20-31, 7-20 ACC) will play West Virginia 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Backyard Brawl Game at PNC Park.
Seton Hill: Redshirt junior second baseman Chris Law, junior third baseman Tommy Pellis (Greensburg Central Catholic) and redshirt senior Andrew Chuba were named to the All-PSAC West first team. Pellis, a transfer from Penn, led the team during the regular season with a .367 average, 55 hits, 42 runs, 10 homers and 45 RBIs. Chuba batted .361 with nine doubles, 18 steals and seven homers, and Law hit .327 with six doubles, three triples and 19 RBIs.
Saint Vincent: Junior midfielder Frank Casile and junior defender Anthony Abbondanza made the All-PAC first team.
Saint Vincent: Senior attacker Naomi Schwaiger (Latrobe) was named to the All-PAC first team.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .