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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

(Bowie State's) Nance and Clayborne Selected CIAA Softball Players of the Year

(HAMPTON, Va. - April 17, 2012) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, in conjunction with the CIAA Softball Coaches Association, has announced its selections for the 2012 All-Conference, All-Rookie Teams and Players of the Year.

Freshman sensation, Cara Nance tops this year's softball All-Conference Team as the coaches' selection for Player of the Year. Nance, of Bowie State University has logged 44 hits, 35 runs and has sent home 38 runners. At the catcher position, Cara has put out 147 opponents and has contributed 36 assists.

Four other Lady Bulldogs were selected to the All-CIAA Team: Cassandra ClayborneJustine Smith and Amanda Ray were First Team selections and Mariela Hernandez was named to the All-CIAA 2nd Team.

The All-Rookie Team is headlined by CIAA Softball Rookie of the Year, Cassandra Clayborne of Bowie State University. Joining Clayborne on the All-Rookie Team include teammates Nance and Haley Flint.

Clayborne's contributions to the Lady Bulldogs' squad includes 44 hits, 44 runs, eight RBI and 16 stolen bases in 32 games. Scotton leads the Shaw Bears with 29 runs, 32 hits, 16 RBI and 22 stolen bases.

The All-Conference and Rookie Teams will be honored at the 2012 CIAA Spring Sports Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 pm on the campus of Virginia State University.


All-CIAA SOFTBALL TEAM
# NAME SCHOOL CLASS HT MAJOR HOMETOWN

Pitchers

10 Jessica Mattia VSU SO 5'5 Animal Science Accokeek, MD

1 Brittany Lane WSSU JR 5'5 Education Virginia Beach, VA

Outfielders

35 Cassandra Clayborne BSU FR 5'7 Biology Damascus, MD

18 Liz Hipple CU SO 5'6 Physical Education Chincoteague, VA

20 Sharron Lipford VSU GRAD 5'8 Sport Management Largo, MD

Designated Player

16 Lacey Wildeboer CU JR 5'5 Biology Castle Hayne, NC

Utility

12 Britney Cato WSSU JR 5'6 Sport Management Las Vegas, NV

Catchers

17 Cara Nance BSU FR 5'10 Math Education Island Lake, IL

8 Dominique Johnson VSU JR 5'6 Psychology New Kent, VA

First Base

21 Amanda Ray BSU JR 5'9 Secondary Education Damascus, MD

Second Base

14 Megan Bass CU SR 5'5 Studio Art Edenton, NC

Third Base

11 Megan Wade CU JR 5'6 Psychology Dunnsville, VA

Short Stop

22 Justine Smith BSU JR 5'5 Sports Management Silver Spring, MD



PLAYER OF THE YEAR

17 Cara Nance BSU FR 5'10 Math Education Island Lake, IL



All-CIAA SOFTBALL 2nd TEAM

# NAME SCHOOL CLASS HT MAJOR HOMETOWN

Pitchers

44 Mariela Hernandez BSU SO 5'5 Psychology Del Rio, TX

4 Tia Caldwell FSU FR 5'11 Biology Newport, NC

Outfielders

4 Alex Allen CU SR 5'4 Physical Education Clayton, NC

7 Ashley Bushrod VSU SR 5'7 Education King George, VA

4 Brittany Rich WSSU FR 5'8 Mathematics Randleman, NC

Designated Player

14 Andreya O'Brien WSSU SO 5'6 Accounting Kings Mountain, NC

Utility

21 Allie Kolezynski CU SR 5'5 Business Administration Strongsville, OH

Catchers

5 Samantha Smith JCSU SR 5'1 Health Education Whiteville, NC

2 Shakia Mackey VUU SO 5'6 Psychology Accomack, VA

First Base

33 Artreya Jernigan WSSU JR 5'7 Exercise Science Apex, NC

Second Base

5 Ramadana Simmons SAC JR 5'7 Psychology Atlanta, GA

Third Base

10 Nikki Lynch WSSU JR 5'6 Nursing Wilmington, NC

Short Stop

23 Amber Matthews CU JR 5'6 Physical Education Aulander, NC



SOFTBALL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
# NAME SCHOOL CLASS HT MAJOR HOMETOWN
Hayley Flint, P BSU FR 5'7 Business-Marketing Mesa, AZ

35 Cassandra Clayborne, OF BSU FR 5'7 Biology Damascus, MD

17 Cara Nance, CAT BSU FR 5'10 Math Education Wauconda, IL


2 Leigh Ward, OF CU FR 5'2 Physical Education Driental, NC

4 Tia Caldwell, P FSU FR 5'11 Biology Newport, NC

7 Stacey Peralta, P JCSU FR 5'8 Elementary Education Brooklyn, NY

12 Jasmin Harris, OF JCSU FR 5'6 Criminology Stone Mountain, GA

7 Taylor Walters, 3B SAC FR 5'6 Liberal Studies Douglasville, GA

13 Courtnee Kelly, 1B SU FR 5'9 Psychology Antioch, CA

8 Monet Daly, 2B WSSU FR 5'2 Computer Graphics Lithonia, GA

4 Brittany Rich, SS WSSU FR 5'8 Mathematics Randleman, NC

13 Bria Jones, CAT WSSU FR 5'6 Political Science Fayetteville, NC


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
35 Cassandra Clayborne, OF BSU FR 5'7 Biology Damascus, MD

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