Softball places six on All-OAC list

Softball places six on All-OAC list

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- For the second straight season, six members from the Heidelberg University softball team were named to all-conference teams. The teams were announced on the same day that the first day of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament was rained out.

Seniors Erin Chapman and Taylor Hicks and junior Bailey Smith were named to the second team.

Chapman has been dominant in the circle for the Student Princes this season, posting a 12-5 record with a 2.89 ERA. She has struck out 88 hitters so far this season, and set the school record for career strikeouts earlier in the year. At the plate, Chapman hit .323 and drove in 17 with five extra base hits. This is the senior's first all-conference selection.

Hicks has earned her third All-OAC honor, as a second team selection in 2015 and an honorable mention pick in 2016. The Marysville native has scored 26 runs this season, along with 10 RBI and five stolen bases. Known for her excellent arm in centerfield, Hicks has five outfield assists this year and 21 in her career.

For the second year in a row, Smith has earned all-conference honors. Coming off an injury, Smith holds a .403 batting average in 26 games for the Berg. She has driven in 17 runs so far with four outfield assists.

Three players were tabbed as honorable mentions -- Abbey McKee, Renee Lovett, and Kaitlyn Moore.

As a designated player, McKee holds a .271 average with two home runs, 19 in her career. Her biggest blast came in game one against John Carroll, to give Heidelberg a 2-1 win. This is third straight all-conference selection.

Lovett, a 2015 honorable mention selection, has earned the honor once again. The junior is currently hitting .339 with 18 RBI and a team-leading nine stolen bases. Lovett propelled HU to an extra inning win in the nightcap against John Carroll, with a walkoff single in the ninth inning.

Moore had an impressive freshman campaign both at the plate and in the circle for the Berg. With a 2.92 ERA, Moore struck out 111 hitters in 122.1 innings of work, compiling a 12-6 record with two saves. In 87 at bats, Moore hit .310 with five doubles, three home runs, and 13 runs driven in.

The opening day of the OAC tournament was washed away by a persistent rain in Westerville.  The No. 2 seed Student Princes are now set to play No. 3 seed Capital on Saturday at 9 a.m.