Crusaders Well-Represented on All-OAC Teams

Crusaders Well-Represented on All-OAC Teams

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference announced its all-conference softball teams this weekend. Brooklyn Staten, Therese Becker, LeAnna Cotton, and Kelsey Swain received nods for first team All-OAC. Brooke Billings received second team All-OAC honors. Senior catcher Maura Rose was honorable mention.

Junior Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio) was named First Team All-OAC as a second baseman after playing in 38 games for the Crusaders this season. She finished the year with 84 putouts, and 46 assists. Staten was also played a big role in Capital's batting lineup as she ended the season with 44 runs and 52 hits, good for second and third on the team in those respective categories. She finished the year hitting .403, one of four Crusaders that hit north of .400 on the year.

Becker, a native of South Euclid, Ohio, served as one of Capital top infielders in 2015, racking up a career-high 107 assists from the hot corner. The junior collected 39 putouts and contributed to five double plays. Her .924 fielding percentage was the highest of her career. In 101 at bats, Becker notched 34 hits on her way to scoring 20 runs and hitting .337 on the season.

Cotton had a career year on her way to earning OAC Player of the Year honors in addition to First Team All-OAC. Her year was highlighted by a new Capital and OAC record, 72 RBIs. The Okeechobee, Fla. native also set a new school record with 17 doubles. Cotton registered career highs in hits (61), runs (34), home runs (10), and batting average (.459). Defensively, she finished the season with 48 putouts and a fielding percentage of .960.

Swain, received the first team nod after being named to the All-OAC second team the past three seasons. A centerfielder for the Crusaders, Swain led team in multiple categories including hits (68), runs (61), stolen bases (25), triples (12). The Pickerington, Ohio native will leave Capital as the program record holder in multiple categories including triples in a career (20), triples in a single-season (12), single-season runs scored (61), and career runs scored (165). Her single-season triples mark also sets a new OAC best.

Senior pitcher Brooke Billings pitched 116.1 innings this season en route to being named Second Team All-OAC. In 20 starts and 25 total appearances, Billings recorded 12 wins and one save. She allowed 62 earned runs while striking out 54 batters.  Billings, who was named Pitcher of the Week for the playing period of March 15-22, finished her senior season with a 3.73 earned-run average.

Rose was named to the honorable mention squad following a season in which she tied for the conference lead with 10 home runs. Her senior year was her best as she set career highs with 49 RBIs, 21 runs and 12 doubles. Rose's 22 career homers places her third all-time in program history.

The Crusaders finished the season with an overall record of 28-14 and 14-4 in OAC play. They made the OAC Softball Tournament as the No. 2 seed and defeated Ohio Northern University in the opening game before losses against Heidelberg University and in a rematch with the Polar Bears against eliminated them from title contention.