May 7, 2012

Cardinals place five on 2012 All-Landmark Conference Teams

WASHINGTON – CUA placed five student-athletes on the 2012 All-Landmark Conference Teams, announced on Monday.  Megan Rizzi earned her fourth consecutive All-Conference nod with First Team honors, while Rose Shaver, Taylor Stockinger, Amy Laughner and Erin McMakin were named to the Second Team.

Rizzi earns her third straight First Team honor and fourth straight All-Conference selection.  The New Hampshire native hit .344 this season, which is second best for CUA, totaling 43 hits, nine doubles, two home runs and 25 RBIs along the way.

Rizzi had 13 games with multiple hits this season, including five games with three.  She also drove in more than one run in seven games.  A two-time All-Region selection, Rizzi ranked in the top-five in average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs, hits, and RBIs among all Cardinals.  She finished the year with 43 putouts and 84 assists at shortstop.

Shaver had a strong first season for CUA, starting all 39 games and batting .309.  The freshman totaled 34 hits, seven doubles, and 15 RBIs at the plate, and 210 putouts as the Cardinals top catcher.

Shaver collected eight multiple hit games this season, while her high in RBIs was four, which came in a win vs. Scranton.  Shaver also notched double-digit putouts in four games, and only committed two errors the entire season.

One of the top power hitters in the region, Stockinger etched her name into the CUA record book this season.  The Cardinals third baseman smashed nine home runs in 2012, setting the single season school record in the process.  Stockinger finished with a .344 batting average and 44 hits, 16 doubles, a .680 slugging percentage and 47 RBIs.

Stockinger recorded more than one RBI in 11 games, with a high of six coming vs. Hiram.  She ranks 10th nationally in RBIs, 26th in doubles and 27th in home runs.  Stockinger also totaled 75 assists and 33 putouts at third base.  This is Stockinger's third straight All-Conference selection.

Laughner has been nearly unstoppable in her first season with CUA.  She leads the Cardinals with a .457 average, totaling 43 hits, eight doubles, a .606 slugging percentage and 14 RBIs in 31 games.

The freshman has recorded 15 multi-hit games, with a high of four coming vs. Bridgewater.  Laughner hit two home runs this season, both of which came vs. nationally ranked Salisbury, and she drove in more than one run four times.

Rounding out CUA's All-Conference selections is McMakin, who earns her second consecutive All-League nod as a pitcher.  McMakin went 12-4 in the circle in 2012, posting a 3.06 earned run average, while striking out 95 hitters in 116.2 innings.

McMakin started 12 games and made 22 appearances as a pitcher, recording a season-high 10 strikeouts vs. Bridgewater in early March.  McMakin went at least seven innings in 10 of her appearances, with a high of 11 coming vs. Hood.  In addition to her pitching prowess, McMakin hit .286 at the plate with 26 hits, 18 RBIs and four doubles.

CUA is awaiting word to see if it is selected for the 2012 ECAC Tournament.  The Cardinals are currently 23-16 overall, marking the third straight year they have won at least 20 games.

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