Seven Black Bears Honored with America East Softball Postseason Accolades
ORONO, Maine -- Seven members of the University of Maine softball team have been honored with postseason accolades, as announced on Wednesday, May 7 at the annual awards banquet held at the site of this season's America East Championship in Stony Brook, N.Y. Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) was honored with America East All-Conference first team honors while Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) and EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) were named to the All-Conference second team. Freshmen Felicia Lennon (Brookfield, Conn.) and Samantha Ralphs (Lebanon, Ill.) received All-Rookie team awards while seniors Dagmar Ralphs (O'Fallon, Ill.) and Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) were named All-Academic team selections.
Burk, who finished the regular season ranked third in the league in hitting at .384, led the Black Bears in hits (43), RBI (20) and total bases (61). Burk, who managed right field for Maine, produced a .545 slugging percentage after belting a team-high four home runs to go along with six doubles and 19 runs scored. In league play, Burk batted .411 (23-56), with 14 RBI in 17 games. Burk, a former All-Rookie team selection, led the Black Bears with 11 multiple hit games and six multiple RBI games while also holding a team-high nine-game hit streak at one point.
Hill, a senior pitcher for the Black Bears, finished the season as the team leader with a 9-5 mark in the circle to go along with a team-low 2.41 earned run average. Hill, who appeared in 18 games with 14 starts, compiled nine complete games and four shutouts while ranking fifth in the league with 95 strikeouts in 96.0 innings. Hill held opponents to a .238 mark at the plate and twice struck out 11 or more hitters in a single game, including a career-high 12 strikeouts at UMass Lowell.
Fogel, a three-time America East second team honoree, ranked second on the Black Bears with a .307 mark at the plate. Fogel, who spent time behind the plate as well as in centerfield, tallied 35 hits in 114 at-bats while scoring 17 runs and driving in 19. Fogel led Maine in doubles with 10 and had multiple hits in nine games while also adding a six-game hit streak in season.
Maine's underclassmen proved to be a large part of the Black Bears' turn around season, led by rookies Lennon and Samantha Ralphs. Lennon, Maine's everyday shortstop, hit .219 and led the Black Bears with 21 runs scored. An America East Rookie of the Week award winner, she added 25 hits, including a pair of home runs, while driving in nine and led the Black Bears with nine stolen bases. Samantha Ralphs ranked third on the team in hitting at .301, racking up 25 hits with 12 runs scored and seven RBI. Ralphs stole seven bags for the Black Bears and hit .278 in league action.
Dagmar Ralphs and Jean Stevens each earned All-Academic honors. Dagmar Ralphs, a kinesiology physical education - exercise science major, hit .267 on the year with seven runs and nine RBI. Stevens, a secondary education and mathematics major, hit .204 with four runs and 14 RBI to go along with three home runs.