Bengal Softball Prepares for Big Sky Tournament

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Updated: 5/08/2013 11:06 pm



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Story By Steve Schaack- ISU Media Relations 

POCATELLO, Idaho- The recording breaking season by the Idaho State softball team is now resulting in individual recognition for many Bengals. The Big Sky Conference released its all-conference honors on Wednesday afternoon and eight Bengals received all-conference recognition led by Vicky Galasso being named the first-ever Big Sky Conference Player of the Year and Maddy Hickman was named Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year.

The Bengals had five players earn first-team all-league accolades in  Galasso, Hickman, Amanda Fitzsimmons, Terah Blackwell and Katelyn Marquez. Becky Molyneaux earned second-team all-conference and Katee Wiley and Hailey Breakwell was named to the honorable mention team.

“I am very proud of these eight women,” Idaho State coach Julie Wright said. “Their focus and dedication in practice gave them this opportunity.  They have represented us very well. These honors reflect the off-season work this team put in all year.  They dedicated themselves to becoming stronger both mentally and physically, faster, more athletic, and more skilled as softball players.  If I could honor all of them, I would.”

Galasso, who is a sophomore, is currently fourth in the nation in hitting with a .476 batting average. She has led the conference all season offensively as she also boasts a .544 average in league games. She has 17 home runs and 57 RBI on the season and eight home runs and 31 RBI in conference games. Galasso played the majority of the season at catcher and was named Big Sky Player of the Week three different times during the season.

Hickman, a freshman first baseman, played in all 49 games, starting 48. She hit .431 in conference games with four home runs and 21 RBI and she had nine homers and 43 RBI for the season while hitting .368.

Fitzsimmons rewrote the Idaho State record books this year. She finished the regular season with an ISU record 19 home runs, 42 RBI and a .374 batting average. In the circle she was 13-12 in 158.1 innings pitched and 121 strikeouts. In conference games her era improved to 2.56 and she was 8-2 with 57 strikeouts while hitting .390 with 11 homers and 21 RBI. Fitzsimmons was named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Mountain Division Player of the Year in 2012. Fitzsimmons is a two-time Big Sky Player of the week winner.

As a freshman Marquez played and started in all 49 games at center field. She hit .355 on the season with 61 hits, the second most on the team. She set the single-season stolen base record with 22 and she batting .382 in Big Sky games. Marquez earned Big Sky Player of the Week honors on Feb. 26.

Blackwell, a redshirt junior, played the majority of the season at the designated player. She hit .468 in Big Sky games and hit .374 overall. She finished the regular season with 11 home runs and 47 RBI. Blackwell is a two-time Big Sky Player of the Week winner.

Molyneaux stole 18 bases on 20 attempts in 2013 and hit .436 in Big Sky Conference games. She finished the season hitting .309 while playing second base and third base, defensively.

Wiley played and started in all 18 conference games in right field and hit .304. She hit two home runs, with both coming in the final series against Sacramento State. She was named Big Sky Player of the Week on Monday.

The Idaho State softball team begins play in the ICCU Big Sky Conference tournament on Thursday, May 9 at 4 p.m. vs. Portland State. The Bengals play at Miller Ranch Stadium on Bartz Field. All games are free to the public. ICCU and Idaho State Athletics will be giving away free hot dogs and prizes all tournament long.

Player of the Year                                                                                                                         
*Vicky Galasso, Idaho State                                                                                                            
Pitcher of the Year
Anna Bertrand, Portland State
Freshman of the Year                                                                                                                  
Maddy Hickman, Idaho State
Newcomer of the Year
*Ariel Zimmerman, Southern Utah

*Unanimous Selection
2013 Big Sky Softball All-Conference Teams

FIRST TEAM
Position                           Name                                          School                                                 Year

Catcher                           *Vicky Galasso                             Idaho State                                          Sophomore
First Base                        *Maddy Hickman                         Idaho State                                          Freshman
                                                                                                                                          
Second Base                   Melissa Marcovecchio                   Northern Colorado                               Sophomore
Shortstop                        Kelli Hales                                    Southern Utah                                     Freshman
Third Base                       Crysta Conn                                 Portland State                                      Junior
Outfielder                        Katelyn Marquez                          Idaho State                                          Freshman
                                         Becca Bliss                                   Portland State                                      Junior
                                         Kylee Wolf                                   Southern Utah                                     Freshman
Pitcher                             Anna Bertrand                             Portland State                                      Senior
                                         Caitlin Brooks                               Sacramento State                                Sophomore
Pitcher/Utility                *Amanda Fitzsimmons                 Idaho State                                          Senior
Utility                              Terah Blackwell                            Idaho State                                          Junior

*Unanimous Selection

SECOND TEAM
Position                           Name                                          School                                                 Year      
Catcher                           Lauran Bliss                                  Portland State                                      Freshman
First Base                        Brittany Hendrickson                   Portland State                                      Sophomore
                                                                                                                                                        
Second Base                   Carly McEachran                          Portland State                                      Senior
Shortstop                        Alicia Fine                                    Portland State                                      Sophomore
Third Base                       Becky Molyneaux                         Idaho State                                          Senior
Outfielder                        Sadie Lopez                                 Portland State                                      Senior
                                         Kelli Frye                                     Sacramento State                                Senior
                                         Mikkel Griffin                                Southern Utah                                     Senior
Pitcher                             Ariel Zimmerman                         Southern Utah                                     Junior
                                         Morgan Allaband                         Weber State                                        Sophomore
Pitcher/Utility                Mikayla Duffy                               Northern Colorado                               Sophomore
Utility                              Kelsey Bryant                              Southern Utah                                     Senior

HONORABLE MENTION
Catcher – Kortney Solis - Sacramento State; Katie Olinger - Southern Utah
First Base - Madison Resley - Southern Utah; Krystin Kubo - Weber State
Second Base - Brooke Ford - Weber State
Shortstop - Hailey Breakwell - Idaho State; Cami Bennett - North Dakota; Brooke Silva - Weber State
Third Base - Emily McCormick - Sacramento State; Kadi Henderson - Southern Utah; Alyson Kulp - Weber State
Outfielder - Katee Wiley - Idaho State; Amanda Johnson - North Dakota; Lindsey Smith - Northern Colorado; Paige Martin - Sacramento State; London Clarke - Weber State
Pitcher - Kylee Colvin - Weber State
Pitcher/Utility - Caralyn Chewning - North Dakota
Utility - Kristin (D) Jantzer - North Dakota; Jamie Pollak - Northern Colorado; Alyssa Vanderdrink - Sacramento State

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