Wednesday, May 9, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-After the most successful season in school history, the Ohio Valley Conference recognized three members of the Tennessee State University softball team. Junior Amanda Vaught was named to the second team and joined freshman Tamara Perkins on the all-Newcomer team. Head Coach Joyce Maudie was honored as the 2007 OVC Coach of the Year. Prior to Coach Maudie, TSU won a total of 40 games over eight years. In her six seasons, Maudie has accumulated 99 wins, including 35 in 2007, as the Tigers registered the first winning campaign in the programs existence. Vaught led the OVC, and 21st in the country, with a 1.28 ERA as she finished 16-9 in her first season with the Tigers. The junior pitched 213.1 innings and set a new TSU single-season record with 261 strikeouts. Her five saves put her 10th on the national scene. Perkins led the Tigers with a .321 and closed out the year on an eleven-game hit streak. The freshman paced TSU in hits (61), runs (24), slugging percentage (.421), and sacrifices (14). Perkins tied with Bridget Metzger and Jennifer Gregory in home runs (2). TSU ended the season with a 35-23 record and tied for sixth in conference play at 12-15. 2007 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SOFTBALL TEAMS FIRST TEAM P - Bonnie Bynum (Tennessee Tech) - Sr.., Fayetteville, Ga.* P - Stephanie Royall (Samford) - So., Mill Valley, Calif P - Karla Pittman (Jacksonville State) - Jr., North Canton, Ohio C - Daniella Hooper (Austin Peay) - Fr., Chapel Hill, Tenn. IF - Beth Boden (Tennessee Tech) - Jr., Plover, Wis.* IF - Michelle Summers (Southeast Missouri) - Jr., Glendale, Calif.% IF - Krystina Dobbs (Tennessee Tech) - Sr., Marietta, Ga.* IF - Chanze Patterson (Eastern Kentucky) - Jr., Kent, Wash. OF -Daniela Pappano (Jacksonville State) - Sr., Bolton, Ontario * OF - Ashley Benbow (UT Martin) - Fr., Millington, Tenn. OF - Ashley Potts (Tennessee Tech) - Sr., Columbus, Ga.* UTIL/DP - Stephanie Fischer (Tennessee Tech) - Jr., Stevens Point, Wis. 2007 OVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Beth Boden, Tennessee Tech 2007 OVC PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Bonnie Bynum, Tennessee Tech 2007 OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Ashley Benbow, UT Martin 2007 OVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Joyce Maudie, Tennessee State SECOND TEAM P - Amanda Vaught (Tennessee State) - Jr., Murfreesboro, Tenn. P - Natasha Anderson (Austin Peay) - Sr., Clarkrange, Tenn. C - Savannah Roberts (UT Martin) - So., Nashville, Tenn.* IF - Shyenne Hussey (Eastern Kentucky) - Fr., Waimanalo, Hawaii IF - Liz Pearse (Samford), Sr., Carey, N.C. IF - Megan McDonald (Southeast Missouri) - Jr., Cape Girardeau, Mo.* IF - Niki Prier (Jacksonville State) - Fr., Raleigh, N.C. IF - Katie Speiser (Tennessee Tech) - Jr., Ringgold, Ga. OF - Rachel Fleming (Jacksonville State) - Jr., Gadsden, Ala. OF -Chrissy O'Neal (Jacksonville State) - Fr., Dallas, Ga. OF - Lindsay Pickering (Southeast Missouri) - Sr., St. Charles, Mo.% UTIL/DP - Alana Hicks (Jacksonville State) - Jr., Murfreesboro, Tenn. * - 1st Team All-OVC in 2006 % - 2nd Team All-OVC in 2006 ALL-NEWCOMER Amanda Vaught (Tennessee State) - Jr., P, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Ashely Benbow (UT Martin) - Fr., OF, Millington, Tenn. Chrissy O'Neal (Jacksonville State) - Fr., OF, Dallas, Ga. Shyenne Hussey (Eastern Kentucky) - Fr., IF, Waimanalo, Hawaii Karla Pittman (Jacksonville State) - Jr., P, North Canton, Ohio Rachel Fleming (Jacksonville State) - Jr., OF, Gadsden, Ala. Laura Roberts (UT Martin) - Fr., UTIL/DP, Johnston City, Ill. Daniella Hooper (Austin Peay) - Fr., C, Chapel Hill, Tenn. Stacia Dopudja (Southeast Missouri) - Fr., IF, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Amanda Barrs (Samford) - Fr., UTIL/DP, Harrisburg, N.C. Tamara Perkins (Tennessee State) - Fr., IF, Lawerenceville, Ga. Paij Lintz (UT Martin) - Fr., P, Lewisburg, Tenn.