Lister Named Centennial Softball Coach of the Year For The Second Straight Season; Four Named All-Conference
Cooper and Patinella First Team, Anderson and Kylie Nottingham Second Team
LANCASTER, PA – Washington College head softball coach Lacey Lister has been named the 2012 Centennial Conference Softball Coach of the Year in a vote conducted by the conference's head coaches. On the field, four players earned All-Centennial Conference honors in a vote by the coaches. Freshman pitcher/outfielder Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, DE/Sussex Central) and freshman shortstop/outfielder Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, MD/Maryvale Prep) were named to the first team, while freshman outfielder/pitcher Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, CO/Lewis-Palmer) and sophomore catcher Kylie Nottingham (Ocean City, MD/Stephen Decatur) garnered spots on the second team.
Lister is the first Washington College and Centennial Conference softball coach to be named the conference's coach of the year twice and in back-to-back seasons. She guided the Shorewomen to their first winning season since 2005 with a 21-20 overall record and an 11-5 mark in the conference. The 21 victories tie the 1997 and 2011 teams for most wins in a season for Shorewomen Softball. The 11 conference triumphs are just one shy of the 1997 team that won 12 games in the Centennial. She help guide the Shorewomen to just their third conference tournament and first consecutive tournaments. The team's other conference tournament appearance was in 2005.
Cooper and Patinella are the second and third freshmen from WC to be named to the first team, joining Leigh Carbutt, who made it in 2009.
Cooper, who earned first team at the utility position, led the team with seven home runs, 33 RBI and a .583 slugging percentage, while batting .281 on the season at the plate. Her 33 RBI tied her for the Washington College single season RBI record with Kylie Nottingham, who set the mark last year. In the circle, she went 11-7 with a 3.03 ERA in 122.1 innings. She led the team in wins, ERA, innings pitched, appearances (27), games started (16), complete games (10), saves (1), strikeouts (108) and opposing batting average (.251). Her 108 strikeouts are the most by a Shorewomen hurler in a single-season and she was the first WC pitcher to fan over 100 batters in a single season. Conference-wise, she was tied for second in home runs, relief appearances (11) and strikeouts looking (40), third in games finished (10), tied for third in appearances and saves, fourth in RBI and wins, fifth in innings pitched and strikeouts, tied for sixth in games started, seventh in slugging percentage, eighth in opposing batting average and ERA,
Patinella, who garnered first team at shortstop, batted .370 on the season with three home runs and 24 RBI on 13 doubles and 47 hits. She ranked second on the team in all five categories. She led the team with 25 runs scored, 73 total bases and a .427 on-base percentage, while tying for tops on the team with two triples. In the conference, she ranked tied for fourth in doubles, sixth in total bases, eighth in on-base percentage, tied for eighth in hits, triples (2) and plate appearances (144), 10th in the conference in batting and slugging percentage (.575).
Anderson, who made all-conference in her first try in the outfield, batted a team-high .375 and also led the team with 54 hits on the season. She was tied for second in total bases with 61 and third in both slugging percentage (.424) and on-base percentage (.400). In the conference, Anderson was second in plate appearances (154) and at-bats (144), tied for second in hits and tied for seventh in batting average.
Nottingham, who made all-conference for the second straight season, batted .352 with 17 RBI and led the team in doubles with 14 and walks with 15. She was second on the team in putouts (213) and on-base percentage (.418), tied for second on the team in total bases (61) and third on the team in batting average, hits (45) and slugging percentage (.477). In the conference, she was tied for second in doubles, tied for third in plate appearances (148), tied for fourth in runners caught stealing (7), tied for seventh in fielding double plays (7), eighth in fielding chances (236) and putouts, ninth in walks and 10th in at-bats (128).
Since Lister's arrival for the 2009 season, the Shorewomen have produced 14 all-conference players, six on the first team, five on the second team and three on honorable mention.