Eight All-Conference Selections for Softball

Eight All-Conference Selections for Softball

TOWSON, Md. – Eight Susquehanna softball players have earned All-Landmark Conference honors with three being named to the First-Team and five more receiving Second-Team recognition.

In addition, freshman pitcher Jamie Fesinstine (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) was named Rookie of the Year and head coach Kathy Kroupa and her assistants were named the Coaching Staff of the Year.

First baseman Bridget Rafter (Highlands, N.J./Henry Hudson Regional), outfielder Amanda Neveroski (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) and starting pitcher Morgan Lewis (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) were all First-Team selections. Catcher Brittany Devlin (Furlong, Pa./Central Bucks East), second baseman Stephanie Chlebove (Northampton, Pa./Northampton Area), shortstop Sam LaCoe (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights), third baseman Lauren Creamer (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) and Fesinstine were Second-Team honorees.

Rafter, a junior, currently leads the team in batting average (.370) with 34 hits, second-best on the team. She has driven in 19 runs, also second-best on the team, with eight doubles, 13 runs scored and a .457 slugging percentage. She has struck out just four times all year and boasts an on-base percentage of .402.

Neveroski, meanwhile, transitioned to the leadoff spot midway through the season and currently boasts a .339 batting average. She leads the team in hits (40), runs scored (23), RBI (23) and is tied for the team lead with four home runs. The sophomore also has four doubles and four triples for a .542 slugging percentage.

Coming off a year in which she was named the 2013 Landmark Co-Pitcher of the Year, Lewis has continued to anchor the SU pitching staff. She leads the team with 11 victories and a 2.06 ERA. Her 126 strikeouts lead all conference players and she has 12 complete games – including three shutouts – to her credit. She has walked just 42 batters in 115.2 innings of work and opposing batters are hitting just .231 against her.

A four-year starter at catcher, Devlin earned her first All-Conference selection this spring. She has started 34 games this season for SU with all but three at catcher. She is batting .271 with five doubles, 18 runs scored and 12 RBI. Devlin leads the team with 10 walks while striking out just four times in 85 at-bats. She currently has 83 career RBI, tied for most in program history.

Chlebove also earned her first All-Conference honor as she has put up career numbers so far this season. She has started 31 games and enters this weekend with a .287 batting average. Chlebove has provided exceptional defense at second base with just three errors all season for a .973 fielding percentage.

LaCoe transitioned to shortstop this year and like Chlebove has provided solid defense while also contributing at the plate. LaCoe is batting .329 with 27 hits and is tied for the team lead in home runs with four. She has four doubles for a .518 slugging percentage while also driving in 18 runs, third-most on the team. In addition, LaCoe is 9-for-9 in stolen bases to lead the team in that category.

A freshman, Creamer stepped up to fill in for the injured Alyssa Cantalini and put up big numbers in her absence. She has started 23 of the 27 games in which she has appeared, primarily at third base, and boasts a .552 slugging percentage with six doubles and four home runs. Creamer has driven in 16 runs and has a .902 fielding percentage at third base.

Finally, Fesinstine is 10-7 on the year with a 3.11 ERA in 20 appearances (17 starts). She has tossed 11 complete games with one shutout in 110.1 innings of work. Her 80 strikeouts are second-best in the conference and she leads all conference players with two saves.

Susquehanna is 21-14 on the season with a 12-0 mark in Conference play. The Crusaders are the first team since 2008 to go undefeated in conference play during the regular season. They host the Landmark Conference Tournament on May 2-3.