May 9, 2013

Three earn All-Conference recognition

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Three Grove City College softball players recently earned All-Presidents' Athletic Conference recognition from the conference's head softball coaches. Sophomore shortstop Kelsey Shirey (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) earned First Team recognition while senior pitcher Lauren Clarke (Lower Burrell, Pa./Burrell) captured Second Team distinction.

Freshman outfielder Megan Lynskey (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) received All-PAC Honorable Mention.

Shirey led Grove City in nearly every offensive statistical category this spring. She hit a team-leading .441 while also recording team highs in runs scored (26), hits (45), runs batted in (18), total bases (71) and stolen bases (11). Shirey also led Grove City with a .696 slugging percentage and a .482 on-base average.

Shirey ranked second in the conference in slugging percentage and fourth in both batting average and on-base percentage. She led the league with eight triples and hit .511 with runners on base this year. She started all 32 games this spring.

It is Shirey's second straight First Team All-PAC honor. As a freshman in 2012, she hit .430 with five home runs.

Clarke led the Wolverine pitching staff with seven wins and a 2.68 earned run average. She pitched in 21 games, starting 16. Clarke recorded 11 complete games and two shutouts while fanning 67 batters in 102 innings. Clarke also hit .308 with 15 runs batted in.

Clarke earned Second Team All-PAC recognition as a sophomore in 2011.

Lynskey second on the Wolverines with a .385 batting average and .451 on-base percentage this season. She ranked seventh in the conference in on-base percentage and eighth in batting average. Lynskey appeared in 30 games and made 25 starts in the outfield.

Thomas More junior third baseman Alex Walter earned the conference's Player of the Year award. Thomas More head coach Lindsay Bramhall received Coach of the Year.

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