Morehead State softball: 2013 Season Review

MOREHEAD, Ky. – In a season that saw the Morehead State softball team finish with a 24-25 overall record and a 10-14 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play, five school records were broken and players earned 15 top-five career spots in the MSU record book.

Senior Amber Riddle finished her career ranked first at MSU in home runs, RBI, walks and on-base percentage, while fellow senior Kayla Ashbrook is the school’s all-time at-bats leader. Riddle (games played, hits, total bases and highest slugging percentage), Ashbrook (home runs, RBI, games played, runs scored, hits and total bases), senior Elizabeth Wagner (walks), junior Stephanie Etter (most times hit by a pitch) and senior Katie Pfost (strikeouts and fewest hits allowed) all rank in the topfive now on at least one of the MSU all-time lists.

The 2013 Eagles also took over 11 spots on single-season lists in the record books. Pfost climbed the MSU ranks for wins, strikeouts, appearances, complete games and innings pitched, while Riddle, Ashbrook, Etter and senior Anna Sommer all earned spots for their work at the plate.

Riddle earned First-Team All-OVC honors and was also a First-Team All-OVC selection by College Sports Madness at the conclusion of the season. Ashbrook was also honored by CSM as a postseason second-team selection. During the season, Ashbrook was selected as the OVC Player of the Week on March 11 and the Co-Player of the Week on April 15.

At the plate, sophomore Katie Raile (.369) led the Eagles. Riddle (.358) and Wagner (.351) ranked second and third. Seniors Sam Woodall and Adrena Anderson also topped the Eagles’ hit list with 51 apiece. As a team, MSU finished the regular season as the conference leader with a .314 batting average, and registered 405 hits, which was only three behind the conference leader.

MSU’s final team batting average of .311 ranked them 26th in Division I. The Eagles saw their highest ranking when Wagner was third in Division I batting average on April 1, with a .492 average.

Off the field, the Eagles earned the MSU Team Community Service Award for more than 300 hours of service. The award is given out at the annual Student-Athlete Honors Banquet and rewards the team that shows the most dedication to the Morehead Community.

Eight new Eagles are set to make their debut during the 2013-14 school year and Head Coach David Williams said he is optimistic about the future of the program.

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