WEDNESDAY, MAY 06, 2009
Softball places two on the Atlantic Sun All-Conference teams
Sarah Sigrest is the fifth JU player in program history to be voted on the all-freshman team
Sarah Sigrest is the fifth JU player in program history to be voted on the all-freshman team
Sophomore middle infielder Katie Kelly earned first team all-Atlantic Sun Conference honors, while freshman pitcher Sarah Sigrest was voted to the all-freshman team, as announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon.

Kelly is the fourth Dolphin in school history to earn first team all-conference recognition and the first since current graduate assistant coach Jillian Mirante earned the honor in 2007. Sigrest is the fifth player to earn all-freshman honors in JU’s seven years of existence.

With the two selections, head coach Amanda Lehotak has groomed six of the 10 all-conference honorees in the program’s history.

“I am very proud of Katie and Sarah,” said Lehotak. “To earn this kind of recognition by their opponents is an honor. They could not have done this without their teammates pushing them to the next level.”

Kelly, who earned all-freshman honors in 2008, led the Dolphins offensively for the second consecutive year after tallying a .327 average (54-165), a .406 on-base percentage and scoring a team-best 30 times. She has recorded 41 of her 54 hits in the leadoff spot in the lineup and has tallied a team-high 17 multi-hit games.

Kelly has also shown her versatility as well, seeing action at second base, shortstop and right field in 53 starts to help with the Dolphins’ injuries suffered this year.

Sigrest led the staff in wins (12), ERA (2.23), strikeouts (129) and innings of work (178.2) to earn all-freshman accolades. Most of her pitching totals from this year rank in the top three of the single-season program records.

The Daphne, Ala. native opened the year with nine strikeouts in a 1-0 shutout win over Texas A&M-CC on Feb. 6. Her strikeout total was the highest in a debut by any JU pitcher in program history. Sigrest also earned A-Sun “Pitcher of the Week” honors on March 2 by recording a 2-0 record in four appearances with 15 strikeouts and allowing just three hits.

Kelly, Sigrest and the rest of the Dolphins open the A-Sun tournament in DeLand, Fla. on Thursday against No. 3 seed Mercer at 9 a.m.