May 10, 2011

All-Landmark Conference softball teams announced

WASHINGTON – Four Cardinals were named to the 2011 All-Landmark Conference Teams on Tuesday, including First Team selections Megan Rizzi and Taylor Stockinger as well as Second Team picks Tracey Scanlon and Erin McMakin.  With that quartet leading the way this year, CUA advanced to the Landmark Conference championship game and earned its second straight 20-win season.

Rizzi has become the premier shortstop in the entire Landmark Conference.  She led the Cardinals with a .395 average this season and ranked in the top-five in the conference in hits (45), runs (31), RBI (35), doubles (14), home runs (4), and total bases (73).  The 2009 conference Rookie of the Year, this is Rizzi's second straight selection to the First Team.

A native of New Hampshire, Rizzi collected two or more hits 14 times this season and drove in multiple runs eight times.  In the field she totaled 62 putouts and 92 assists at shortstop, while maintaining a .917 fielding percentage.

Teaming with Rizzi on the left side of the Cardinals infield is Stockinger, who started all 40 games at third base.  Stockinger earned Second Team All-Conference honors in 2010 and backed that up with a terrific 2011.  She batted .374 and led the Landmark in runs (43), doubles (14), home runs (7), and total bases (91).

Stockinger produced two or more hits in ten games, including three games with four, and she hit two home runs in two separate games.  Stockinger drove in six runs two different times, and in the field she totaled 28 putouts, 73 assists and a fielding percentage of .953.

Scanlon earns her second straight selection to the Second Team after starting 39 games for the Cardinals.  CUA's centerfielder, Scanlon boasted a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) with 47 putouts, including a spectacular diving catch to end the Cardinals win over Drew on April 9.

At the plate Scanlon totaled 27 hits, 28 runs scored, and 11 runs batted in.  She had five multi-hit games and was a perfect 7-for-7 on stolen bases.  Scanlon's 20 walks was second best for CUA this year, behind only Rizzi's 33.

McMakin had a strong start to her career in the red and black, posting a 9-6 mark to go along with a 2.25 ERA inside the circle.  The freshman hurler struck out 60 batters in 99.2 innings of work and held opponents to a .197 batting average.

The high point of McMakin's season came on April 10 when she no-hit Hood in a 5-0 win.   McMakin's season-high in strikeouts was ten, which she accomplished vs. Mary Washington on April 19 and she went at least seven innings in eight games with a season best of 11 coming vs. Moravian in the Landmark Conference Tournament.  McMakin also hit .272 at the plate with 31 hits, 14 runs, 27 RBI and a pair of home runs.

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