PHILADELPHIA – Temple softball All-American Stephanie Pasquale (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes) continues to add honors to her record-setting season, most recently being named The Eastern College Athletic Conference 2013 Division I Player of the Year. The teams and major award winners, announced today by ECAC Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss, were selected based on a vote of ECAC Division I coaches, or their respective designee.
In addition to her major award, Pasquale was named as the first-team catcher. Classmate Sarah Prezioso
(Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) also earned first-team accolades from her shortstop position.
In May, Pasquale became the first Temple softball player to earn All-American status and just the third Owl in school history to earn the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honor. Also a first-team all-conference and all-championship selection, she led the squad and the league with a .465 overall average, good for fifth in the nation, and hit .552 in conference play. The catcher set a Temple and Atlantic 10 single-season record for RBI this year with 80, and finished the year first in the country with 1.38 per game. The junior was also the toughest player in the nation to strikeout, doing so only three times in 187 at bats. Earlier in the season, she put together a 21-game hit streak and ended the year reaching base safely in the final 16 contests. Her record-setting campaign also includes TU single-season marks for doubles (21), batting average (.465) and home runs (15).
Joining Pasquale on the first team is Prezioso. Finishing just behind Pasquale in batting on the team and in the league with a .436 average, the shortstop also established her own school and conference records, scoring 65 runs, which was good for seventh in the country with a 1.12 average. Prezioso's batting average was the 25th
-best in the country and she finished in the top-50 of five other categories. The junior also set school single-season records for stolen bases (32) and homeruns (15).
The Cherry & White finished the year at 32-26, setting a school record for wins in a season. The team earned a third-place finish at the A-10 Tournament, its final year in the league, which is the highest finish for the Owls since winning it in 2004.
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