Cashion named SoCon Player of the Year
by Staff Reports
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Appalachian State senior left fielder Allie Cashion was named SoCon Player of the Year, while ASU head coach Shae Wesley was named Coach of the Year.
It's the first time in the program's history that a player has won the Player of the Year and the first time an ASU coach has been named Coach of the Year.
Along with being named Player of the Year, Cashion was named first team all-conference for the third time, marking the first time in Appalachian State softball a player has been named all-conference three times. Cashion is also only the second repeat all-conference player since Lindsay Glover was named all-conference in 2005 and 2006.
Sophomore catcher Sarah Warnock was named second team all-conference, while freshman catcher Alex Sohl and freshman pitcher Shivaun Landeros earned all-freshman honors
Cashion, who started in 46 of the Mountaineers' 50 games, finished with a .362 batting average. Cashion's team-leading 18 doubles tied the single season record and was second in the nation. She finishes the regular season with the program record of 51 career doubles.
Cashion, a Waxhaw native, led the Appalachian offense with 42 RBI, a .667 slugging percentage and a .454 on-base percentage. She also broke the Mountaineers' career record in total bases with 369 career bases.
In conference play, the senior batted .400 with 24 RBI and 11 doubles, a .771 slugging percentage and a .488 on-base percentage. Cashion was named SoCon Player of the Week for the ninth time in her career, the most of any player in Appalachian State history. She was also named the SoCon Player of the Month for March.
Wesley led the Mountaineers to their first Southern Conference regular season championship. The Mountaineers finished with a 30-20 overall record, 17-7 in the SoCon. The Mountaineers open the SoCon Tournament as the No. 1 seed at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Mountaineers play the winner of No. 9 seeded Elon, who plays No. 8 seeded Wofford at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Both games are at UNC Greensboro.
Warnock closed out the 2013 regular season with a team-high .383 batting average. Warnock hit .456 in the non-traditional lead off role for the Mountaineers.
The sophomore notched 31 hits in 68 at-bats as the lead off hitter for ASU, while compiling 13 doubles, three home runs and 20 RBI on the season. A Jamestown native, Warnock finished the conference season with a .403 batting average with 29 hits and 20 runs scored.
Sohl garnered all-freshman honors after batting .232 for the Mountaineers. She had 23 hits, two home runs and 15 RBI in her first season. In SoCon play the Paducah, Ky. native posted a .276 batting average with eight hits and one home run.
Landeros earned all-freshman honors after having a leading role in the circle for Appalachian this season. The right-handed pitcher posted an 11-7 record with 69 strikeouts in 146/32 innings pitched. The freshman made 33 appearances for the Apps with 21 starts, 10 complete games and a team-best two saves.
Landeros, a Sparks, Nev., native posted a 5-2 record in SoCon play with 16 appearances and 10 starts. She posted a 3.25 ERA in conference play, while striking out 29.
The Mountaineers are set to travel to Greensboro, N.C. for the 2013 Southern Conference Softball Championships from May 8-11. After capturing the program's first regular season championship, the Apps will enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed and are set to play on Wednesday, May 8 at 5 p.m. against the winner of the 9 a.m. game, which features No. 8 seed, Elon and the No. 9 seed, Samford.
The All-Southern Conference team
Pitcher: Hope Klicker, College of Charleston
Pitcher: Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern
Catcher: Lindsay Thomas, UNCG
First Base: Chandler Frisbie, College of Charleston
Second Base: Ashton Jarrett, College of Charleston
Short Stop: Kourtny Thomas, Georgia Southern
Third Base: Kelsey Hodgson, College of Charleston
Outfield: Allie Cashion, Appalachian State
Outfield: Tomeka Watson, Elon
Outfield: Carleigh Nester, Elon
Designated Player: Katelyn Bedwell, UNCG
Utility: Lauren Collier, Furman
Pitcher: Stephanie Saylors, College of
Pitcher: Lauren Collier, Furman
Pitcher: Raeanne Hanks, UNCG
Catcher: Sarah Warnock, Appalachian State
First Base: Eileen Horsmon, UNCG
Second Base: Sara Poteat, Chattanooga
Short Stop: Heather Robb, UNCG
Third Base: Sarah Beth Roberts, Chattanooga
Outfield: Allison Geiner, UNCG
Outfield: Tatiana Alcala, UNCG
Outfield: Sam Taylor, Chattanooga
Designated Player: Shelby Morrill, Georgia Southern
Utility: Aisha Figueroa, UNCG
Sohl, Appalachian State
Shivaun Landeros, Appalachian State
Chandler Frisbie, College of Charleston
Becca Mueller, College of Charleston
Sieara Bishop, Furman
Lindsay Thomas, UNCG
Allison Geiner, UNCG
Megan Dowdy, Samford
Sam Taylor, Chattanooga
Anyssa Robles, Chattanooga
Player of the Year
Allie Cashion, Appalachian State
Pitcher of the Year
Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern
Freshman of the Year
Lindsay Thomas, UNCG
Coach of the Year
Shae Wesley, Appalachian State