With 60 career home runs, Megan Litumbe is one of the most successful hitters in Sun Belt history. She currently sits in 6th place in the Sun Belt record books. During the 2018 season she posted a .299 batting average in Sun Belt games and recorded 17 RBI with a .532 slugging percentage. On the season overall, she finished with 29 RBI.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Junior right-handed pitcher Kelly Barnhill picked up her third Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week award after a successful week in the circle for the Florida softball team. She has now earned the award eight times over her career.
Barnhill (14-1) picked up three wins on the week, including a pair over No. 8 Texas A&M. The Marietta, Ga. native started her week by throwing her fifth complete-game no-hitter of the season against USF this past Wednesday. She struck out 12 Bulls through five innings.
Her five no-hitters, which includes a perfect game, are the most thrown by Florida as program in a single season.
The talented hurler closed out the weekend with a two-hit 12-strikeout performance in the series opening win against the Aggies and followed with 10 strikeouts through six innings in the series finale.
She now has eight games on the season where she has recorded 10 or more strikeouts in an outing.
KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw State softball team reaped the rewards of a regular-season title as it had eight individuals earn a total of 11 honors following Tuesday's release of the ASUN All-Conference awards.
Sophomore Alley Cutting, freshman first baseman Patricia Awald and head coach Pete D'Amour highlighted the list of honorees, earning Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively. Awald and D'Amour were unanimous selections.
Cutting, who was a unanimous pick, earned first-team all-conference accolades along with Awald and junior outfielder Kira Czyrklis. Senior pitcher Abigail Green, junior utility player Maddie Roth and sophomore outfielder Olivia Tamewitz were voted to the second team.
Awald and catcher Alexa Solorzano were unanimous picks to the all-freshman team.
"I would like to congratulate all of our players who were fortunate enough to be selected for the all-conference team," D'Amour said. "The ASUN was once again a very competitive conference this year so it's a big deal to be selected to any of the all-conference teams.
"I'd be remiss if I didn't congratulate my assistant coaches for the Coach of the Year award as well," D'Amour added. "All three (Alyssa Cousins, Doug Gillis, Alysha Stanton) coaches work extremely hard and I'm lucky to have them at KSU. It's an award for them just as much as it is for me."
The eight individuals honored is a program record since Kennesaw State joined the ASUN Conference in 2006. The seven players recognized matches a program-high set in 2017.
Cutting becomes the second Kennesaw State player to earn Pitcher of the Year recognition, joining Brittany Matthews, who was honored in 2007, while Awald is third overall and second consecutive KSU player to garner Freshman of Year accolades, joining Ashlee Burkett (2010) and Cutting (2017).
D'Amour joins Scott Whitlock (2006, 2007, 2012) in being named ASUN Conference Coach of the Year.
The following are highlights on each Kennesaw State honoree.
Patricia Awald – First Base (Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Conference, All-Freshman Team)
Has made a major impact during rookie season . . . Played and started 49 games . . . Batting .378 with team-leading 39 runs scored, 13 home runs, 40 RBIs, .741 slugging percentage and .488 on-base percentage . . . Also has 51 hits and 10 doubles . . . Ranks ninth in the country among freshmen in home runs . . . Among the top 10 in the ASUN in average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, RBIs, doubles, home runs and total bases . . . Earned ASUN Conference Player of the Week honors . . . Has 15 multiple-hit games and tied for the team-lead with 10 multiple-RBI games . . .Hit two or more home runs in a game three times . . . Batted a team-best .349 with three doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs during ASUN Conference play.
Barnhill made her mark in the collegiate ranks this season by posting outstanding numbers and helping lead her Gators team to the NCAA Women's World Series in Oklahoma City. Noteworthy stats for Kelly this season include 23-3 W/L Record, a 0.35 ERA, and putting 310 Strike Outs in the books.
Kelly was also named as the SEC 2017 Pitcher of the year, along with receiving SEC Pitcher of the Week Honors 5 times during the 2017 Season.
The USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award is considered the most prestigious honor in NCAA Division I Softball. Congratulations Kelly!