The Troy University softball and baseball teams wrapped up the 2009 season with each placing four players on the Sun Belt All Conference teams, including the Freshman of the Year in baseball and the Newcomer of the Year in softball.
Pitcher Tyler Ray earned Freshman of the Year honors after posting a 7-3 record in 13 starts and leading the team with 56 strikeouts and 82.3 innings of work. Tasha Elmore, a junior, earned Newcomer of the Year honors after leading the conference in doubles with 17. Elmore tied for the team lead in home runs with nine and batted .329 on the season and was named second team All-Conference.
Joining Ray in receiving postseason conference baseball honors was utility player Michael Precise on the first team All-Conference list and pitcher Chris Sorce and first baseball Ryan Bitthardt on the second team.
Precise, a senior from Geneva, led the team in doubles with 17 while sporting a .320 batting average. Sorce, a junior closer from Pace, FL, had a 2-0 record in 23 relief appearances this year, leading the team with a 2.61 earned run average. Ditthardt, a junior, led the team in runs batted in with 53 and clubbed seven homers in route to a .324 batting average.
In softball, sophomore pitcher Ashlyn Williams made her second straight appearance on the All-Conference first team. Williams led the league in strikeouts with 307, while posting a 25-11 record. Senior outfielder Heidi Johnson joined Williams on the first team, hitting nine home runs and knocking in 37 runs while stealing 13 bases on the year.
Junior shortstop Kayla Moore was named to the second team after leading the league in stolen bases with 31 and leading the Trojans with a team-high .354 batting average.
Moore and Williams also received All-Region honors as announced by the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association.
In addition to players receiving honors, Head Softball Coach Melanie Davis was named Co-Coach of the Year by Sun Belt Conference coaches. Davis led the Trojans to a second place finish in the Sun Belt and a 38-19 record.
The award was the third of its kind for TROY’s head coach. Davis was named Coach of the Year by the Mid-Continent Conference in 1996 and the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2005 following league titles in both.
“It’s very humbling,” Davis said of the honor. “It means a lot to be selected by your peers, and that they see you as being successful. I have to give all of the credit to my assistant coaches and players. They are the ones that make it all come together. This is one of the best teams we have had come together in my time at TROY. They are very talented and very unselfish and have been willing to work with the coaching staff all year.”