BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. – Urbana University shortstop Caitlyn Stoner has been selected to the All-MEC First Team, as announced in the league’s postseason awards list Wednesday afternoon. The all-conference awards are voted on by MEC head coaches and Stoner is the only Blue Knight to earn recognition among the first-and second-team honorees.
Stoner, a redshirt junior playing her final year at UU, earned her third all-conference award in three seasons. The Mount Gilead, Ohio, native set UU’s all-time home run record with 17 bombs and is currently tied for the single-season mark of nine (career high) home runs going into postseason play.
During 42 games in the 2017 regular season, Stoner hit .339 with team-high marks for home runs (9), RBI (33), walks (25) and runs (26). She registered eight doubles, two triples and went 10 for 12 on stolen-base attempts.
Stoner was tabbed All-MEC First Team in 2015 and All-MEC Second Team/Freshman of the Year in 2014.
The UU softball team opens the MEC Tournament today in a first-round matchup against No. 7 West Virginia Wesleyan. First pitch is slated for noon ET in Salem, Virginia.
UU’s Jackson honored
Urbana University’s Margo Jackson has been named to the NCAA Division II 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Softball Team. She is one of two MEC players represented among 11 honorees in District 2 (Central Intercollegiate, Mountain East, Pennsylvania State).
The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams, which are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Jackson, a junior catcher from Rossford, Ohio, led UU softball with a career-high .372 batting average through 42 games in the regular season, tying her for 10th place among MEC leaders. She also registered a career-high 13 doubles this year and has started all 125 games during her career.
Jackson is a double-major in history and social studies education.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.