TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2004
Softball's Dianna Korcak Earns Atlantic Sun All-Conference Honors
May 11, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU senior shortstop Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) has earned First-Team Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors, as voted on by the league's head coaches. Korcak, who is the first JU player in the two-year history of the program to earn all-conference honors, hit .361 with 36 RBI and an NCAA single-season record 17 triples this season. UCF's Stephanie Best repeated as A-Sun Player of the Year, while fellow Golden Knight Amber Lamb was tabbed the conference Freshman of the Year. Florida Atlantic's Candice Freel was voted Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year and Gardner-Webb's Tom Cole was named the A-Sun Coach of the Year.
Korcak is among the Atlantic Sun leaders in 11 different categories, ranking second in the league in hits (79) and total bases (123), while ranking ninth in slugging percentage (.562) and on-base percentage (.408). She also ranks third in the A-Sun with 43 runs scored, while leading the conference in plate appearances (244) and official at-bats (219).
The All-America candidate became the NCAA single-season recordholder for triples after belting a pair of triples against Savannah State in a doubleheader on April 30. She eclipsed the previous mark of 16 set by Barb Marean of Massachusetts in 1992 and later by Jennifer Egan of Monmouth in 1995. Korcak had a school-record 20-game hitting streak during the season and posted 20 multi-hit games. She played every inning of the Dolphins' 120 games the past two seasons.
The Clearwater, Fla., native graduated from JU with a 3.7 GPA in Education. At JU's annual All-Sports Award Banquet on April 20, Korcak received the Douglas B. Milne Sportsmanship Award for being the Dolphins' top female student-athlete, who has demonstrated excellence in athletics, academics, leadership and sportsmanship.
The Dolphins finished their second season of softball 22-42.