Collins named CAC Player of the Year, leads quartet of Sea Gulls on All-CAC team

Collins named CAC Player of the Year, leads quartet of Sea Gulls on All-CAC team

YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its 2017 all-conference team for softball on Thursday and four Sea Gulls earned honors from the league, including junior LeAnne Collins being named the Conference Player of the Year.

Collins was also named to the first team, along with junior Annie Pietanza while senior Caitlin Lake and freshman Emily Allen each earned second-team honors.

Collins adds to her long list of accolades from the 2017 season as she's been named CAC, Fastpitch News, and National Fastpitch Coaches Association Player of the Week throughout her junior year. She currently leads the team with a .527 batting average, seven triples, 47 runs scored, and a .786 slugging percentage. Each of those numbers rank either first or second in the CAC this year.

Her selection marks her second time being named all-conference, being picked to the second team in 2016 and it marks the 22nd time that a Sea Gull has been named the CAC Player of the Year.

Pietanza's first-team selection this season is her first time earning all-conference honors for her play at second base. She stands second on the team in batting average, hitting .430, to go with a team-high-tying seven home runs and team-leading 49 runs driven in.

Lake garnered the second all-conference honor of her career, having been named to the first team last season. Lake is Salisbury's leader in center field in 2017, having started all 38 games, with three outfield assists. At the plate, Lake has the team's third-highest batting average, hitting .371 this year with 15 extra-base hits for a .586 slugging percentage. Her 34 runs scored and her 31 runs driven in are both second on the team.

Allen picked up All-CAC honors in her first year in maroon and gold as the team's starting catcher through the majority of the year, appearing in 33 games and starting 31. Allen has hit .280 this season with seven home runs to match Pietanza's output, while driving in 25 runs and scoring 18 times.

To see the All-CAC team in its entirety, click here.

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