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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
2013 Big Sky Softball All-Conference Teams
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
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
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