Perez, Morse Earn All-Southland Accolades

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team placed two student-athletes on the All-Southland Conference teams, the league announced today. Senior shortstop Valerie Perez was named Second Team All-Conference while freshman catcher Brittney Morse was tabbed Third Team All-Conference. Senior J.J. Jackson was named honorable mention.

"Val and J.J. were our senior leaders in the batting lineup all year," Head Coach Stephanie Hughes said. "To see them honored by the Southland Conference is extremely exciting. It shows the hard work that they put in all year has paid off.

"Brittney was one of the top freshman in our conference and her recognition on the SLC third team is a great honor. We look forward to having her anchor our lineup for the next three years."

Perez, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, was the Islanders offensive leader all year, and finished her senior season with a team-best .329 batting average while starting in all 52 of the Islanders' games at shortstop. She powered the Islanders' bats with a season-best 52 hits while nailing an Islanders top-10 best 12 doubles on the year. She also broke into the single-season Islanders top 10 for her team-high 84 total bases and .532 slugging percentage. 

In her three-year career, Perez registered 95 hits, 22 doubles and nine home runs, including six homers this season. During the week of April 21, she was named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week after putting together arguably her best weekend of her career, hitting .625 on the weekend with a pair of home runs and six RBIs against Lamar. Perez will graduate in August with a degree in health science.

Morse, a native of Yuma, Ariz., had an impressive first year as an Islander and was a consistent hitter in the Islanders' lineup. As a freshman, she hit .291 while leading the team with nine home runs, which matches three former Islanders in third place in the top 10 for a single-season. Morse cranked 45 hits this season and notched 12 RBIs while recording a .514 slugging percentage in 47 games.

It marks the first All-Southland Conference accolades for both Perez and Morse. 

Jackson earned honorable mention honors at first base after hitting .291 and knocking in a team-best 33 RBIs in 46 starts at first base. The senior improved her swing over the summer and became one of the Islanders most dependable hitters on the team. She drilled 41 hits, including eight doubles, and four home runs while collecting a season-high 14 walks. Jackson has registered a top-10 career-best 65 RBIs and will graduate in May with a degree in communication. It is the second career Southland honorable mention accolade for Jackson.   

The Islanders closed their season with an overall record of 16-36 and 11-15 in Southland play, and played their best softball at the end of the season, securing eight of their last 12 conference games.

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2014 All-Southland Conference Softball Teams

 

First Team

 

 

 

Pos.

Name

University

Class

Hometown

1B

Shalie Day

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

Ashdown, Ark.

2B

Sarah Bigej2

Central Arkansas

So.

Happy Valley, Ore.

3B

Brittany Virgoe2

Northwestern State

Jr.

Anaheim, Calif.

SS

Kirsten Schwirtlich2

Houston Baptist

So.

Corpus Christi, Texas

C

Ashley Modzelewski3

McNeese State

Jr.

Sour Lake, Texas

UT

Tina Schulz

Lamar

Sr.

Spring, Texas

DP

Alyssa Burnett

Houston Baptist

Fr.

Sugar Land, Texas

OF

Alanna DiVittorio3

McNeese State

Sr.

Harahan, La.

OF

Taylor Terrio

Nicholls

Fr.

Paulina, La.

OF

Katie Lacour2

Southeastern La.

So.

Port St. Joe, Fla.

P

Jamie Allred2

McNeese State

So.

Hallsville, Texas

P

Kylee Studioso

Central Arkansas

Jr.

Edmond, Wash.

 
 
 
 
 

Second Team

 

 

 

1B

Brianna Rodriguez2

Northwestern State

Sr.

Rowlett, Texas

2B

Cali Burke

Northwestern State

Sr.

Mesquite, Texas

3B

Sam Forrest

Central Arkansas

So.

Broken Arrow, Okla.

SS

Valerie Perez

A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

Corpus Christi, Texas

C

Tiffany Castillo2

Sam Houston State

So.

Port Lavaca, Texas

UT

Cadie Weaver

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Splendora, Texas

DP

Emily Vincent2

McNeese State

So.

Sulphur, La.

OF

Lauren Schwirtlich2

Houston Baptist

Sr.

Corpus Christi, Texas

OF

Lauren Langner

McNeese State

Jr.

Pearland, Texas

OF

Tara McKenney2

Northwestern State

Sr.

Red Oak, Texas

P

Carlie Thomas

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Huntington, Texas

P

Kaylee Guidry2

Northwestern State

Sr.

Walker, La.

 
 
 
 
 

Third Team

 

 

 

1B

Sarah Allison

Sam Houston State

Jr.

College Station, Texas

2B

Danielle Phillips2

Nicholls

So.

Resaca, Ga.

3B

Shay Orsak

Houston Baptist

So.

Katy, Texas

SS

Tayler Gray

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Huntsville, Texas

C

Brittney Morse

A&M-Corpus Christi

Fr.

Yuma, Ariz.

UT

Mikaela Flores

UIW

Fr.

Lockhart, Texas

DP

Cassandra Barefield2

Northwestern State

Jr.

Houston, Texas

OF

Briana Whisenhunt

Central Arkansas

Fr.

Crandall, Texas

OF

Marisa Taunton

McNeese State

Fr.

Beaumont, Texas

OF

Brittney Jones

Northwestern State

Jr.

Bryan, Texas

P

Shelby Lancaster

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Tomball, Texas

P

Rachel Smith

McNeese State

Fr.

Baytown, Texas

 

2 Two-time all-conference selection

3 Three-time all-conference selection

 

Honorable MentionFirst Base: Jamise Jackson, A&M-Corpus Christi. Second Base: Taylor Goree, McNeese State. Third Base: Megan Moore, Southeastern Louisiana. Catcher: Jessie Taylor, Central Arkansas; Cheyenne DelaGarza, Northwestern State. Utility Player: Lyndi Smith, Abilene Christian; Kim Kennedy, McNeese State. Designated Player: Hilary Adams, Sam Houston State; Amber Sather, Southeastern Louisiana. Outfield: Taylor Brown, Abilene Christian; Candyce Carter, Lamar; Kellye Kincannon, Northwestern State; Alisa Hamilton, Stephen F. Austin. Pitcher: Haley Baros, Sam Houston State; Hannah Null, Abilene Christian.

 

Individual Awards

Player of the Year: Alanna DiVittorio, McNeese State

Hitter of the Year: Alanna DiVittorio, McNeese State

Pitcher of the Year: Jamie Allred, McNeese State

Freshman of the Year: Taylor Terrio, Nicholls

Newcomer of the Year: Kylee Studioso, Central Arkansas

Coach of the Year: Mike Smith, McNeese State