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Cunagin, Byrne named All-OAC

Cunagin is first Quaker to receive first team honors

May 5, 2012

Kerri Cunagin (at left) and Brooke Byrne have been named to the All-OAC Softball Teams.

Kerri Cunagin (at left) and Brooke Byrne have been named to the All-OAC Softball Teams.

2012 ALL-OAC SOFTBALL TEAMS

AUSTINTOWN — Wilmington College freshman designated player Kerri Cunagin and junior shortstop Brooke Byrne have been named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Teams, the league office announced today.

Cunagin was a first team selection and Byrne was an honorable mention pick.

The honors cap a season in which Wilmington established new levels of success with five conference victories.

“Having two players earn all-conference honors says a lot about them and a lot about our team,” Wilmington head coach Beth Floyd said. “Our team got better and better as the year went on, and the way our team played gave our two individuals the opportunity to make the all-conference team. We played so well as a team, and our team’s success really helped out in getting two people on the all-conference team.”

Cunagin (Circleville/Teays Valley) is the first Wilmington softball player to be named First Team All-OAC. The freshman finished the season with team-high .407 batting average. In conference play, her .431 average ranked fifth among all OAC players.

“I knew Kerri was a good hitter, but to hit .431 in the conference is above and beyond what I expected. She worked very hard every day on her swing. She is a very patient hitter. She is so intelligent. There were very few times this year when she swung at bad pitches. She also knows what to do with a pitch. She will go with an outside pitch and she will turn on an inside pitch,” Floyd said.

At the top of Wilmington's lineup, Byrne (Wilmington) hit .366 and led the team with 49 hits, 15 doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI. She also firmly established herself as one of the top defensive players in the conference.

“Brooke has gotten better every year. She is one of the hardest workers that I’ve ever coached. She is probably not a textbook leadoff hitter, but she stepped up to the challenge and made things happen. She gets on, scores runs and drives in runs. Defensively, she makes routine plays and she makes spectacular plays,” Floyd said.