Texas State senior shortstop Alex Newton was named the 2009 Southland Conference Softball Player of the Year in softball, as announced Tuesday by the league office.
Texas State freshman pitcher Chandler Hall was named the 2009 Freshman and Pitcher of the Year. Texas State placed six players on the all-conference teams this year. McKenzie Baack, Jenna Emery, Taylor Hall and Katie Garnett, along with Newton and Chandler Hall, all received SLC honors.
Newton earned the second all-conference nod of her career as she earned first-team honors and led the Bobcats to their second consecutive SLC title this season. The senior shortstop is the Bobcats lead-off hitter, starting all 52 games.
In 172 at-bats, Newton tallied 59 hits, 31 runs, 14 doubles and 23 RBI. Newton also stole 18 bases, only being picked off twice. On the defensive side, Newton assisted in 126 outs and registered 80 putouts.
Chandler Hall led the SLC in wins (21), ERA (1.07), and opposing batting average (.172) to earn a spot on the all-conference first team. She is the fourth-straight Bobcat to earn the honor (Katie Ann Trahan, 2006; Ragan Blake 2007 and 2008). Hall also made her presence known at the plate, batting .317 to finish seventh in the SLC.
Baack, a sophomore designated player, was named to the all-conference first team after earning second team honors last season. Batting .279, Baack tallied 18 runs and recorded 18 RBI for Texas State.
Emery, a sophomore third baseman, earned a spot on the all-conference second team. She led the league in doubles (16) and finished fifth in RBI (30). Emery was second on the team in batting average with .331 and tied for first on the team in home runs with five.
Taylor Hall, a senior right fielder, was named to the all-conference second team. She led the team and league in walks with 37, a new Texas State single-season school record. The Bobcats No. 2 hitter, Hall batted .285 with 41 hits and 26 runs. Her on-base percentage of .431 ranked second in the league.
Garnett, a senior right-handed pitcher, was named to the all-conference third team. She collected 15 wins on the mound for the Bobcats. Garnett ranked fourth in the league in ERA (1.81) and opposing batting average (.215).
Honorable mentions went to first baseman Leah Boatright, second baseman Ryan Kos and center fielder Kristina Tello.
Texas State tied with Stephen F. Austin for the most all-conference selections with six each.
However, the Bobcats easily won the league’s regular season with a 23-6 conference record. Thus, Texas State is the top seed in the Southland Conference Tournament to be played this weekend in Lake Charles, LA. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.