Five Shorewomen Garner All-Conference Recognition; Mattox Named All-Sportsmanship
LANCASTER, Pa. – Five Washington College softball players have earned All-Centennial Conference honors in a vote by the conference's nine head coaches. Senior catcher Kylie Nottingham (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) and junior Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) were first team honorees, senior first baseman Lauren Dockrill (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) and junior outfielder/pitcher Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, Colo./Lewis-Palmer) earned spots on the second team and freshman third baseman Caitlyn Kirby (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) received honorable mention status.
In addition to her spot on the second team, Anderson has been named the Centennial Conference's inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year for softball. The award recognizes the junior or senior on the all-conference team with the highest grade-point average. Anderson, a mathematics major has a 3.696 cumulative GPA. She is the first student-athlete from Washington College to win this award.
Nottingham is on the all-conference team for the fourth straight season as she was a first team selection in 2013 and a second team honoree in both 2011 and 2012. Nottingham batted .310 on the season with 20 RBI, scoring a team-best 37 runs, stealing a squad-high 14 bases and most times on the team and in the conference in hit by pitch with 19. The 19 times she was hit by pitch this season set a single-season WC mark. The senior also had a team-best .470 on-base percentage and her 17 walks was second on the team. She was third in the conference in runs scored and stolen bases. She concludes her career first at Washington College in games started (169), runs scored (122), RBI (105), walks (61), times hit by pitch (42) and most times throwing out would be base stealers (24). She is tied for first in games played (169), second in doubles (46), total bases (255), chances (895), putouts (807) and tied for second in all-time hits (167). Her .338 career batting average ranks her 16th all-time at Washington. She is the third Washington player to earn All-Centennial four times joining Michelle Rodney '02 (1999-2002) and Diane Green '06 (2003-06).
Cooper, who earned a spot on the first team at designated player, is a first team pick for the second time in three seasons as she was a first team selection in 2012. At the dish, she hit a career-high .340 with two home runs and 21 RBI. She was second on the team in home runs, third in RBI and fifth in batting average. For her career, she is a .283 hitter with 14 home runs and 73 RBI. Her 14 home runs ranks her second all-time at WC and her 73 RBI places her seventh all-time for a Shorewoman. In the circle, she went 11-5 with a 3.06 ERA in 98.1 innings, striking out 98 and walking 26 in 20 appearances, 15 of which were starts. She had six complete games and one shutout. She is Washington's all-time leader in strikeouts (324), wins (36), shutouts (9) and strikeouts per seven innings (6.02). Cooper is now a two-time member of the all-conference team.
Dockrill led the team with a .403 batting average with a team-best 58 hits, to go along with 23 RBI and 12 doubles. She finished tops on the team in average, hits, doubles and total bases (72), second on the squad in runs (35) and slugging (.500) and third in on-base percentage (.423). She led the conference in hits, fourth in runs and fifth in total bases. For her career, she holds the WC mark for all-time at-bats (582), hits (221), doubles (58), total bases (286), putouts (1203), putouts (1135), double plays turned (31) and fielding percentage (.990). The senior ranks second at Washington in games started (167) and runs scored (111). Her .380 all-time average is eighth best in Washington history. She is the conference's all-time leader in hits, doubles and at-bats. This is the second time she earned all-conference honors as she was an honorable mention selection in 2011.
Anderson, who was the second team pick at utility, went 7-2 with a 2.30 ERA in the circle this spring. Her 2.30 ERA was a team-best, good for sixth in the Centennial and career-best for the junior. She pitched in 17 games, 13 starts, completing four games along with one solo shutout and combining on another. She struck out 45 batters in 79 innings pitched and gave up just 26 earned runs, a personal best. At the plate, the junior hit .261 with 13 RBI and 22 total bases. In her career, she has the fifth lowest ERA all-time at WC at 2.96 and is 17-10 in 48 appearances, 35 of which are starts with 18 complete games. In 208.1 innings, she has hurled three solo shutouts and one combined blanking. Her 121 career strikeouts are eighth all-time for a Shorewoman. This is the third time Anderson has garnered all-conference recognition as she was a second team pick in 2012 and was named to the first team in 2013.
Kirby hit .260 with one home run and 16 RBI, but had a .417 on-base percentage as she worked out a team-best 23 walks. She also had a squad-high 11 sacrifice hits. In the conference, she was tied for second in walks and sacrifice hits and was sixth in times hit by pitch with five, which also ranked second on the team. In the field, she committed just three errors in 118 chances at third base. She tied for second for most walks in a season by a Washington player with 23, three off the mark set by current assistant coach Sally Snover '12 in the 2011 season when she worked out 26 walks.
Senior shortstop/second baseman Claire Mattox (Arlington, Va./Potomac School) was Washington's representative on the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team. Each Centennial Conference member institution was permitted to nominate one student from each spring program who exemplifies the best in sportsmanship for the All-Sportsmanship Team. Nominations were submitted by the athletic departments or head coaches. This is the second time Mattox has been Washington's representative on a conference all-sportsmanship team as she was the women's basketball representative in 2010-11.
Since 2009 when Lister arrived, the Shorewomen have produced 24 all-conference players, 10 on the first team, eight on the second team and six on honorable mention.