May 1, 2013

Adams Leads Four UMW Softball Players on All-CAC Team

YORK, Pa. - Senior outfielder Brandee Adams led four University of Mary Washington softball players on the 2013 All-Capital Athletic Conference teams, released today. Senior Kerry Busby, junior Bireet Chitty, and sophomore Hannah Otterman were named to the second team.

Sophomore pitcher Rachel Johnson (Preston, Md./Colonel Richardson), who led Salisbury to its 18th-straight regular-season conference championship, was named the 2013 CAC Player of the Year.  It is the 17th-consecutive year, and 18th time in the last 19 years, a Sea Gull has won the conference’s top player award.

        The CAC coaches picked 11 Salisbury representatives for the All-CAC, including Johnson and Margie Knight, who won her sixth-straight CAC Coach of the Year award.  Knight was honored by her peers for the 12th time since 1997.

        Teammates joining Johnson on the 2013 All-CAC first team were junior pitcher Kathryn Larson (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson), senior catcher Michelle Gravdahl (Ellicott City, Md./Long Reach), senior second baseman Carly Read (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough), senior shortstop Hannah Mills (Parksley, Va./Arcadia), junior outfielder Sarah Alpaugh (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) and freshman utility player Paige Knussman (Easton, Md./Easton).

        Gravdahl and Read are both four-time All-CAC selections while Mills is a three-time all-star and Johnson is making her second appearance on the all-conference squad.

        Sea Gulls on the second-team All-CAC squad include junior first baseman Harley Hill (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown), Lindsay McCabe (Frankford, Del./Indian River) and freshman shortstop Katie Sebbane (Frederick, Md./Urbana).  Hill, the 2011 CAC Co-Rookie of the Year, is a three-time second team all-star while McCabe was a first-team pick in 2011.

        Frostburg State advanced to the CAC championship game for the third-straight year and was rewarded with nine berths on the 2013 All-CAC team, including freshman pitcher Mary Ann Moore (Lanham, Md./Elizabeth Seton) as Rookie of the Year.  She joins junior teammate Caitlin Lovend (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) as FSU players to win the top rookie award in FSU’s three years as a member of the CAC.  Lovend was the Co-Rookie of the Year in 2010.

        Bobcat senior outfielder Taylor freshman third baseman Taylor Vandegriff (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and freshman third baseman Renay Aubel (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County) joined Moore and Lovend on the 2013 All-CAC first-team.  Lovend and Vandegriff are now three-time All-CAC honorees.

        FSU players on the second-team All-CAC squad include senior shortstop Shari Beavers (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill), senior infielder Kerry O’Malley (Baltimore, Md./Seton Keough), freshman infielder Lauren Capece (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) and  freshman outfielders Taylor Blevins (Frederick, Md./Frederick) and Bailey Ellsworth (Mt. Savage, Md./Allegany).  Beavers was also a second-team all-star in 2012.

        Mary Washington, which tied Frostburg State for second place in the regular-season standings, earned four all-star nods this year, including senior outfielder Brandee Adams (Waverly, Va./Tidewater Academy) on the first team.  Adams was a second-team all-star in 2012.

        Eagles named to the second-team All-CAC squad included senior catcher Kerry Busby (Kennett, Pa./Kennett), junior shortstop Bireet Chitty (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) and sophomore pitcher Hannah Otterman (Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry).  Otterman was the 2012 CAC Rookie of the Year and a first-team all-star.

        York freshman designated player Payton Hill (Staunton, Va./Ft. Defiance) completed the first-team all-star squad while Wesley freshman outfielder Steph Caracozza (Wayne, N.J./River Del Regional) gained a second-team berth.