Five Argonauts Named All-Gulf South Conference

first_img#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Becca Taylor was a four-time GSC Pitcher of the Week selection during the year and led the GSC in wins (23), batters struck out looking (36) and shutouts (5), while playing a role in five other UWF shutouts in the regular season. She also ranked in the top 5 in the league in innings pitched (175.2), total strikeouts (124), ERA (2.07) and opponents batting average (.230). Taylor strung together 31.1 consecutive scoreless innings from March 12 through March 30, a streak that ranks 10th in conference history. This is Taylor’s first all-conference honor, having posted career bests in ERA, wins, shutouts, strikeouts and opponent batting average. UWF’s five All-GSC selections are the most for the program since 2009, when the team also had five honorees. West Florida now has 88 all-conference performers in its history. Caitlin Steel led all GSC catchers in batting (.343) during the regular season, adding seven doubles, two triples and a home run at the plate. The Concord, North Carolina, product has also established herself as one of the top defensive players behind the plate in her time at UWF, leading the GSC in runners thrown out (25) and percentage of runners caught stealing (32 percent) over the last two years. This is her first All-GSC selection. Rhiannon Sassman picks up her second All-GSC honor after being an all-conference third baseman as a freshman last year. The shortstop from Orlando earned an at-large spot on the first team this season. Sassman was named the GSC Player of the Week on March 21 and ranks 10th nationally with seven triples on the year. Those seven three-baggers lead the conference, and she ranks in the top five in the league in on-base percentage (.505), slugging (.678), batting average (.403), walks (29) and runs scored (47). She reached base in 23 consecutive games to start the year and topped 100 total bases for the year against Lee last weekend, becoming the first UWF player to do so since Shannon Miles in 2009-10. Jacey Castro was selected to the first team as a DP/utility player, after splitting time in left field and first base during the season. The senior has been a defensive asset at both positions, with a combined .981 fielding percentage in 51 games. Castro ranks sixth in the conference in hits (64) and ninth in batting average (.381), and leads UWF with 19 multi-hit games on the year. She has found a home at the leadoff spot in the lineup, hitting .391 and slugging .600 with nine doubles and five home runs from the top spot. Castro picked up her 100th career hit against Delta State on April 14 and is a career .339 hitter over her two years at UWF. This is her first All-GSC award.center_img Meghan Toney earned All-GSC honors for the second time in her career on Wednesday, after ranking sixth in the GSC in stolen bases (22) and totaling 13 multi-hit games for the Argonauts. Toney led conference second basemen in batting (.356), stolen bases, assists (84) and double plays (14), while ranking second in runs scored (29), on-base percentage (.401), and putouts (107). An All-South Region selection in 2016, Toney and Sassman are the first UWF student-athletes to earn two All-GSC nods since 2011. GSC RELEASE BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The 12th-ranked University of West Florida softball team saw five student-athletes earn All-Gulf South Conference honors on Wednesday. Becca Taylor, Rhiannon Sassman and Jacey Castro were each first team selections, and Caitlin Steel and Meghan Toney were second-teamers. West Florida will head to Huntsville, Alabama, for the GSC Tournament  beginning on Friday. The team will face Shorter at 11 a.m. and either Lee or Mississippi College at 2 p.m. at the Huntsville Sportsplex.last_img

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