Burlington, NC – Conference Carolinas announced the 2019 Softball All-Conference Team and major awards on April 25. The Warriors had several players represented on the All-Conference Team and major awards. Lydia Clanton, Megan New and Addie Nugent were all named to All-Conference Teams. Clanton and Kali Berrigan each were awarded one of the major awards.
Lydia Clanton, a freshman from Waynesboro, MS, led the Warriors with a .406 batting average and .740 slugging percentage this season to earn her a position on the All-Conference First Team for second base. Over 123 plate appearances, Clanton recorded 39 hits including 10 doubles, two triples and six homeruns. She continued her impressive freshman season with 33 RBIs. Her successful season in Conference Carolinas allowed her to go on and receive the Freshman of the Year award.
Clanton was joined on the All-Conference First Team by teammate Megan New. New took the position on the First Team as the Utility Player. New recorded 80 plate appearances while starting at first base and catcher for the Warriors. She posted 26 hits including five doubles while recording seven RBIs.
Addie Nugent earned her a position on the All-Conference Second Team as an outfielder. Nugent played in 22 games for the Warriors in the outfield while accumulating 53 at bats. She posted 17 hits including three doubles, a triple and two home runs to collect nine RBIs in her sophomore season.
New to the Conference Carolinas postseason award offering is the Elite 23 Award. The Elite 23 Award is modeled after the NCAA's Elite 90 Award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at their respective championship site. The inaugural winner for softball is Southern Wesleyan's Kali Berrigan. Berrigan, a junior exercise science major from Goose Creek, S.C., sports a cumulative 4.0 GPA. Berrigan batted .214 with 18 hits, eight RBI and 16 runs scored.
"Tonight was a night where several individuals were honored in our program," said Head Coach Coy Adkins. "I am extremely proud that this happened. But what makes me the proudest is that the whole team was cheering and rooting for each other. I told our team that when this many individuals win awards, it's a reflection of a positive light on our team as a whole. To be a champion, it all has to be about the team. And every day I see our program moving more and more in this direction."