Cunningham and Zur Named First Team All-PAC Softball
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College senior second baseman Stephanie Zur (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) and junior shortstop Kelsey Cunningham (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) highlighted five Presidents named to the All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference Softball Teams on Wednesday as first-team selections.
Zur earned first-team honors after being a second-team choice last season. Cunningham was a second-team award winner as a freshman.
W&J also had a pair of second-team selections in sophomore third baseman Sadie Marak (Butler, Pa./Butler) and freshman utility player Emily Watson (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley). Freshman Krista McCartney (Salem, Ohio/United Local) earned honorable-mention recognition.
Cunningham led the conference and set a new W&J single-season record with 62 hits and 47 runs. She also was the league leader in total bases (90) and doubles (16), while finishing second in on-base percentage (.534) and third in batting average (.453) and slugging percentage (.657).
Cunningham, who ranked 41st among NCAA Division III players with 1.15 runs scored per game, will enter her senior season with a .391 career batting average (141-for-361), five home runs and 43 runs batted in. She is already sixth all-time in the school record book for career hits and needs 41 to pass Amanda Howard ’08 for the record. Cunningham is also fifth in school history with 87 career runs, 29 behind Howard’s school record total of 116.
Zur batted a career-best .359 (46-for-128) this spring with 36 runs scored (3rd in PAC). Her 46 base hits ranked sixth in the league and she tied for second in the PAC with five triples (27th in NCAA Division III).
Zur made 144 career appearances in a W&J uniform and collected 147 hits, both of which ranked fourth in school history. Her seven triples and 102 runs scored are the third-best totals in Presidents’ history.
Marak’s 29 runs batted in placed her second in the conference and finished as the fifth-best, single-season total in W&J history. She batted .331 (40-for-121) with seven doubles and two home runs.
Watson earned six victories in the circle, including one shutout, and struck out 47 batters in 78 innings. She also produced the team’s third-best batting average (.340) and drove in 27 runs.
McCartney developed into the team’s top pitcher by season’s end. She finished with an 8-5 record and a 2.90 ERA in 26 appearances (12 starts). She posted two saves and one shutout, while hurling a team-high 101 1/3 innings (56 K’s).
Washington & Jefferson posted a 25-16 record in 2013 under the guidance of sixth-year Head Coach Nicole Vitello. The 25 victories tied the 2006 squad for the third-highest total in school history. W&J also earned its first PAC Tournament appearance since 2009.