Fitzgerald and Biddle take home yop CSAC awards

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April 28, 2014, ASTON, Pa. (ISN) – Immaculata’s Meagan Fitzgerald (Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley) and Liz Biddle (Townsend, Del./St. Thomas More) won two of the Colonial States Athletic Conference’s highest end-of-the-year awards Monday when the conference announced its annual awards.

Fitzgerald garnered 2014 CSAC Pitcher of the Year honors, marking the second-consecutive season she has earned the top pitcher honor. Biddle was named the 2014 CSAC Softball Rookie of the Year. The duo has been part of an Immaculata team that has a 23-9 overall and 19-3 CSAC record and the No. 3 seed in the CSAC Tournament.

In addition to these top honors, Fitzgerald and Biddle were both First Team All-CSAC selections. Jenny Barnholt (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley), Rachel Kelly (Malvern, Pa./West Chester East), Meghan Kugler (Gilbertsville, Pa./Pope John Paul II) and Danielle Palmisano (Tobyhanna, Pa./Pocono Mt. East) were all selected to the CSAC Honorable Mention Team. Allie Leonard (New Castle, Del./Saint Elizabeth’s) was also named to the CSAC Sportsmanship Team.

In addition to being the second CSAC Pitcher of the Year award, it’s also Fitzgerald’s third-consecutive First Team All-CSAC honor. She has earned CSAC pitcher of the week twice and honor roll recognition twice this season. In 17 appearances and 16 starts, she had 16 complete games, including three shutouts with a 1.83 earned-run average and a record of 13-3. The senior fanned 100 batters while walking 31, and holding her opponents to a .212 batting average.

She has the lowest ERA (1.83) in the CSAC, second-most strikeouts (100) in the league, seventh-most innings pitched (107), lowest opponent batting average (.212), and second in the league in wins (13).

In 12 appearances and 11 starts during CSAC games, she had a 1.73 ERA while posting a 10-1 CSAC record. Across those 73.0 innings of work, she struck out 76 while walking just 18 and limited opponents to a batting average of .217.

Biddle made an immediate impact for the Mighty Macs during her rookie campaign as the squad’s designated player. She started all 32 games for the Mighty Macs this year, producing 30 hits, 33 RBIs and 29 runs scored. She leads the team in home runs (7) and RBIs (33), while being second in doubles (6). She had the third-best batting average on the team at .366, while having a .695 slugging percentage and .514 on-base percentage, and was 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts.

During the 22 CSAC games this season, Biddle hit .411 with 23 hits, 26 runs scored and 24 RBI. She had a .786 slugging and .568 on-base percentage, as well as went 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts. She drew a league-leading 23 walks during conference play.

Barnholt is an honorable mention selection for the third-straight season. She started 28 and played in 30 games with a .317 batting average with 26 hits, 11 runs scored and 21 RBIs. During CSAC games, she had a .318 batting average, 21 hits, 11 runs scored and 20 RBIs.

Kelly and Kugler both begin their collegiate softball careers being selected to the honorable mention team. Kelly earned CSAC Hitter of the Week once this season. She started and played in all 32 games, listing sixth on the team with a .317 batting average, 33 hits, 24 RBIs and scored 25 runs. In the 22 CSAC games, she posted a .360 batting average, 27 hits, 22 runs scored and 20 RBI. She had a .547 slugging and .430 on-base percentage during those contests.

Kugler was selected to the honor roll once and was lauded in the pitching circle once this season. She has the fifth-best batting average on the team at .347 with 33 hits, 29 runs scored and 15 RBIs. During the 22 CSAC games, she hit .371 with 26 hits, 26 runs scored and 14 RBIs.

Palmisano previously earned Honorable Mention All-CSAC in 2011. She has started 29 and played in all 32 games leading the team in hitting with a .375 average on 33 hits. She has scored 23 runs and has 16 RBIs as well as a .420 slugging and .444 on-base percentage. She started 21 of 23 CSAC games and ranks 11th in the conference with a .439 batting average while adding with 29 hits, 21 runs scored and 16 RBIs.

Leonard played in 14 games this season for Immaculata, going 2-for-7 at the plate with one RBI. She also scored four runs for the Mighty Macs.

Immaculata play in the CSAC Tournament Monday afternoon 4 p.m. The third-seeded Mighty Macs will host the sixth-seed Gwynedd Mercy University Griffins in a first round game. The winner of the first round game advances to the CSAC Championship Friday and Saturday, May 2-3, on the campus of Marywood University. The format is double elimination for the weekend. Fourth-seeded Cabrini hosts fifth-seed Centenary also on Monday in the other first round contest.  

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