Six Earn All-GAC, SOSU Wins Three Awards

Southeastern placed six players the Great American Conference all-conference teams, paced by Jessica Simmons who earned GAC Player of the Year and Mindy McElroy who was named GAC Pitcher of the year, while Ron Faubion took home his second-straight GAC Coach of the Year honor.

Simmons and McElroy were joined by Haley Strawn on the league's first team, while Sydney Kramer and Laramie Beal were named second team selections and Lacie Cook took home honorable mention recognition.

Faubion earns his second Great American Conference Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Savage Storm to a 35-15 record overall and a 28-11 mark in league play, winning its second-consecutive regular season title.

SE becomes the first team to win both the Player and Pitcher of the Year honors in the same season.

Simmons, a sophomore second baseman from Bethel, Okla., wins her first specialty award and takes it away from East Central who has earned it each of the first two seasons. Simmons carries a .430 average on the season with 65 hits, 17 of which were doubles along with a triple and a home run.

She also has 19 RBI out of the leadoff spot and has scored 51 runs. Simmons carries a .527 on-base percentage and a .576 slugging percentage and is the GAC leader in stolen bases with 31.

McElroy, a senior from Ringling, Okla., becomes SE's second-straight Pitcher of the Year winner after Jacee Bennett took home the award in 2013. McElroy finished the regular season with a 21-7 mark overall and a 2.42 ERA in 33 appearances with 27 starts.

She tossed 12 complete games with four shutouts and has held opponents to a .258 average while striking out 49.

Strawn, a junior short stop from Moore, Okla., finished the season hitting .371 with 56 hits on the year that included 10 doubles and six home runs. She drove in 35 RBI and scored 24 runs.

Kramer, a sophomore outfielder from Arlington, Texas, earned second team honors after hitting .390 on the season with a team-best 47 RBI. She collected 64 hits on the year with 14 doubles and posted an on-base percentage of .414 and a slugging percentage at .476.

Beal, a sophomore from Coalgate, Okla., actually earned a pair of second team honors, first as an outfielder and then as a DP/utility player. She paced the club on the season in home runs with nine, and posted a .384 average with 56 hits, including 12 doubles, and drove in 40 runs on the year while scoring 27. She led the team with a .651 slugging percentage and added a .455 on-base percentage. It is the second-straight year she has earned second team All-GAC recognition.

Cook, a senior third baseman from Collinsville, Okla., rounded out the honorees, earning honorable mention honors after putting up a .259 average with 35 hits, including six doubles and two home runs, along with 25 RBI and 30 runs scored. She was a second team all-conference honoree last season at short stop, while at third this year she boasted a .963 fielding percentage.


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