May 7, 2012

Crusader Softball Sees Four Players Earn All-Conference Honors

MADISON, N.J. – Four Susquehanna softball players were named to All-Landmark Conference teams on Monday, with two First-Team honorees and two Second-Team recipients. In addition, senior outfielder Lisa Finizio was tabbed Player of the Year while head coach Kathy Kroupa and her assistants were named Coaching Staff of the Year.

Finizio and junior outfielder Kathryn Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) were named to the First Team while freshmen Madison Clark (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) and Alyssa Cantalini (Kitchener, Ontario/St. David Catholic Secondary) were named to the Second Team.

Finizio
etched her name at the top of SU’s career record books as she is the all-time leader in at-bats (552) runs (136), and hits (212) and is second all-time in triples (15).

This spring she started all 39 games in which she played and finished with team-highs in batting average (.440), hits (55), runs (32) and stolen bases (14) with her 55 hits sixth all-time in single season history. She also added two doubles, five triples, one home run and 21 RBIs. She also struck out just seven times in 125 at-bats.

Gilbert, meanwhile, started 33 of the 34 games in which she played and was second on the team in batting average (.394), RBI (29), hits (39) and led the team with seven triples. She also belted two home runs and three triples.

All of those numbers were single-season bests for the junior as this marks her first career All-Conference honor.

Clark, meanwhile, earned a spot on the Second Team as a first baseman. The rookie appeared in 31 games with 26 starts and hit for a .304 average. She drove in 19 runs on 24 hits and also had four doubles and one homer. She finished the season with just one error at first base for a .993 fielding percentage.

Finally, Cantalini came on strong to end the season, finishing the spring with a .295 batting average. She drove in 13 runs and added 26 hits and 14 runs. She hit for power, as well, picking up three doubles, three triples, three home runs and ended the year with a .500 slugging percentage.

This season, the Crusaders earned the No. 1 seed in the Landmark Conference Tournament for the first time in program history and advanced to the championship game this past weekend.