Christian, Gandara and Matsumoto headline CSU's All-Conference selections

Christian, Gandara and Matsumoto headline CSU's All-Conference selections

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Charleston Southern had three players recognized on the 2015 Big South All-Conference First Team as Marci Christian, Cheyenne Gandara and Amanda Matsumoto garnered conference accolades. Stephanie Baro was named to the All-Freshman team, while senior pitcher Jennifer Giles was named to the Big South All-Academic Team as announced today by the Conference office.

Christian, a three-time Big South Player of the Week, was named the Big South First Team first baseman. She led the NCAA in home runs when the initial standings were released in March on her way to finishing second overall in the Big South in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage, as well as third in total bases, runs scored and on-base percentage. She also homered twice in five different games in setting the CSU career home runs mark and the CSU single season mark in home runs, total bases and slugging percentage.

Gandara was selected to the Big South First Team as the utility player after a standout campaign that saw the CSU sophomore lead the Big South in home runs, RBI, wins, appearances, strikeouts and starts at the time of her injury. She hit .381 from the plate with 16 home runs and 49 RBI, while posting a 14-8 overall record inside the circle with a 2.65 ERA and 156 strikeouts.

Matsumoto garnered All-Conference honors for the first time in her career, earning a First Team selection in the outfield. The fleet-footed sophomore finished second in the Big South in hits and runs scored, while finishing fourth overall in batting average (.401) and stolen bases (21). She is currently tied for the CSU single season runs record with 49 heading into conference play.

Baro earned All-Freshman honors despite missing the last half of the season due to injury. Prior to her injury, she was among the Big South leaders in batting average and RBI, hitting .444 in conference play in her first collegiate season.

Giles earned All-Academic honors for the third straight season and wrapped up her regular season career with the Bucs as CSU's all-time leader in strikeouts and appearances. She has a 3.95 GPA majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Biology, and received CSU's R.L. Wynn Christian Leadership Award this season at the 49th Annual CSU Athletic Awards Banquet.

Longwood senior Megan Baltzell and Lancers head coach Kathy Riley have been voted Big South Softball Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, by the League's head coaches. In addition, LWU sophomore Elizabeth McCarthywas voted Big South Pitcher of the Year, while Liberty third baseman Alexia Taylor earned Freshman of the Year honors. Liberty's Megan Robinson was voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Big South's sports information directors.

2015 BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE SOFTBALL AWARD WINNERS
First-Team All-Conference

OF - Briana Chiusano, Coastal Carolina
OF - Amanda Matsumoto Charleston Southern
OF - Stephanie Jones, Campbell (tie)
OF - Kellie Beres, Gardner-Webb (tie)
OF - Justina Augustine, Longwood (tie)
1B - Marci Christian, Charleston Southern
2B - Erin Ruff, Presbyterian College
SS - Emily Murphy, Longwood
3B - Kory Hayden, Coastal Carolina
C - Megan Baltzell, Longwood
P - Elizabeth McCarthy, Longwood
P - Julia Callicutt, Campbell
DP - Morgan Noad, Coastal Carolina
UTL - Cheyenne Gandara, Charleston Southern

Second-Team All-Conference
OF - Shelby Petik, Presbyterian College
OF - Glenn Walters, Longwood
OF - Becky Mantel, Radford
1B - Kelsey Sweeney, Longwood
2B - Megan Robinson, Liberty
SS - Ericka Nesbitt, Campbell
3B - Alexia Taylor, Liberty
C - Amanda Daneker, Coastal Carolina
P - Kiana Quolas, Coastal Carolina
P - Chandler Ball, Liberty
DP - Chelsea Sciacca, Longwood
UTL - Rachel Cumiskey, Gardner-Webb

Honorable Mention All-Conference
Tori Zavodny, OF, Liberty
Jill McLean, OF, Presbyterian College
Maddie Antone, SS, Winthrop
Kelsey Dominik, P, Coastal Carolina
Megan Honaker, UTL, Radford

All-Freshman Team
Alexia Taylor, 3B, Liberty
Rachel Cumiskey, UTL, Gardner-Webb
Glenn Walters, OF, Longwood
Kelsey Sweeney, 1B, Longwood
Tori Zavodny, OF, Liberty
Stephanie Baro, 3B, Charleston Southern
Madison Kotchey, 1B, Liberty
Abby Tincher, P, Liberty
K.J. Uyeno, DP, Winthrop
Kailey Mellen, OF, Coastal Carolina
Annie Robinson, 1B, Coastal Carolina
Maggie Rowe, C, Radford

All-Academic Team
Katie Baker, P, Campbell
Jennifer Giles, P, Charleston Southern
Kiana Quolas, P, Coastal Carolina
Savannah Burns, SS, Gardner-Webb
Megan Robinson, 2B, Liberty
Justina Augustine, OF, Longwood
Shelby Petik, OF, Presbyterian College
Casey Burns, 3B, Radford
Sutton Watson, P, Winthrop

Player of the Year – Megan Baltzell, Longwood
Pitcher of the Year – Elizabeth McCarthy, Longwood
Freshman of the Year – Alexia Taylor, Liberty
Coach of the Year – Kathy Riley, Longwood
Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Megan Robinson, Liberty

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