April 15, 2011

ASU’s Echols Among All-PBC Selections

FLORENCE, S.C. – Augusta State senior centerfielder Destiny Echols was named to the 2011 Peach Belt Conference All-Conference squad Thursday night. The first and second-team All-PBC squads were officially announced during the PBC Softball Championship pre-tournament banquet held on the Francis Marion campus.

Echols, a second-team selection, joined ASU juniors Jessica Thornton, Kristen Jones and Kacee Camp on the all-conference squads. Thornton and Jones were first-team honorees, while Echols and Camp were second-team selections.

In just her first season in the program, Echols started all 46 games during the regular season in the Jags' outfield and served as the primary leadoff hitter. From Douglasville, Ga., Echols ranked fourth on the squad in hitting at .313. She led the team in at-bats (150) and her 10 doubles ranked second to only Jones. She was third on the team in runs scored (34), drew a team-best 22 walks and tallied 10 steals in 15 attempts.

Armstrong Atlantic State's April Jowers was named the PBC Player of the Year while USC Aiken's India Kornegay picked up Freshman of the Year accolades. North Georgia's Jessica Coan was tabbed the Pitcher of the Year while her head coach Mike Davenport earned Coach of the Year honors. In all, 34 student-athletes were named to the All-Conference squad, an expansion of two players due to ties at second-team outfielder and second-team at-large.

The fifth-seeded Jags (30-16) open PBC Tournament this morning at 11:00 a.m., vs. No. 4 seed Flagler (38-14). The double-elimination tournament culminates in the championship game on Sunday at 12:00 with an if necessary game to follow at 2:30. The winner of the PBC softball tournament receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Jaguar fans unable to make the trip to Florence can follow all the action at the official tournament website here.

 

2011 Peach Belt Conference Softball All-Conference Team

 

First Team

1B – Katherine Martin, North Georgia

2B – April Jowers, Armstrong Atlantic State

3B – Hilary Cox, North Georgia

SS – Kasey Knight, North Georgia

C – Ashley Buckett, Armstrong Atlantic State

OF – Shelby Duff, Armstrong Atlantic State

OF – Destinea Schneider, Francis Marion

OF – Nichole Griffin, Georgia Southwestern

P – Jessica Coan, North Georgia

P – Sarah Phillips, North Georgia

DP – Haley Burnett, Georgia College

UT – KRISTEN JONES, AUGUSTA STATE

At Large – Kara Gordon, Columbus State

At Large – Brittany Sheriff, Lander

At Large – JESSICA THORNTON, AUGUSTA STATE

At Large – Morgan Staffins, Columbus State

 

Second Team

1B – Breezy Collings, Flagler

2B – Alona Personius, Flagler

3B – Baillie Temples, Armstrong Atlantic State

SS – KACEE CAMP, AUGUSTA STATE

C – Anna Parker, Georgia College

OF – Whitney Okvist, Georgia College

OF – Ansley Williams, North Georgia

OF – Pilar Harden, North Georgia

OF – DESTINY ECHOLS, AUGUSTA STATE

P – Megan Barnwell, Armstrong Atlantic State

P – India Kornegay, USC Aiken

DP – Keela Scott, Armstrong Atlantic State

UT – Holly Berry, UNC Pembroke

At Large – Kelly Riddick, Flagler

At Large – Tori Jolley, Flagler

At Large – Lauren Bessent, Flagler

At Large – Hayley Leissner, Lander

At Large – Ashley Jaramillo, Francis Marion

 

Player of the Year

April Jowers, Armstrong Atlantic State

Pitcher of the Year

Jessica Coan, North Georgia

Freshman of the Year

India Kornegay, USC Aiken

Coach of the Year

Mike Davenport, North Georgia