SPECIAL TO THE FLASH
CANYON (April 28, 2016) – Tarleton had four players recognized among the best in the Lone Star Conference during the annual postseason banquet Thursday night.
Haley Freyman earned first-team All-Lone Star Conference honors, making her the 30th TexAnn in school history to be named to the LSC’s top postseason team. She joins her battery mate, Nyka Wood, to win first-team recognition in back-to-back seasons.
Freyman was, not only the top pitcher in the TexAnn staff, but one of the league’s top arms this season.
The sophomore from North Richland Hills led the league in wins (23), complete games (31), innings pitched (242.0), and was second in the league in strikeouts (141). She also boasted the league’s third-leading ERA (2.49), which was just 0.39 points higher in over 106.0 more innings of work than the LSC Pitcher of the Year. This is Freyman’s second straight season to earn all-LSC honors after bringing home a second-team award last season.
“I’m proud of Haley for being named to the first team,” said head coach Julie Mata, who just wrapped up her 20th season at the helm of TexAnn Softball. “With 23 wins and that many innings, her honor is well-deserved.”
Meanwhile, Wood also cashed in with her second straight all-LSC season as the Tarleton catcher was named to the league’s second team. Wood started all 55 games behind the dish for the TexAnns and hit .376 with a team-high eight home runs and 46 RBIs. She led the team with a .612 slugging percentage and threw out 23 base runners from behind the plate.
“Nyka played with an injured knee and shoulder all season long,” said Mata. “She is such a tough, hard-working catcher and hitter so it’s good to see that recognized too.”
Rounding out the all-LSC honors were seniors Katelyn Conlee and Melody Mayse with third-team accolades.
Conlee earned her third consecutive all-LSC award after hitting .385 in 55 games. The Stephenville native led the team with 65 base hits and drove in 24 RBIs for the season.
Her fellow senior, Mayse, who was named to the all-LSC third team for the fourth consecutive season, joins her on the third team. Mayse hit .357 for the year and started every game in centerfield with a team-best 32 stolen bases. Mayse was also named Academic All-LSC with a 3.64 GPA.
“It seems that Melody Mayse and Katelyn Conlee just continue to string outstanding seasons together and never quite get the notice that some players get in the LSC,” said Mata. “Katelyn was one of the leading hitters and Melody was the stolen bases leader while also leading the nation in triples. The LSC is extremely talented and its an honor for these players to make these teams.”
Mayse (105) and Conlee (108) also capped off their senior seasons with over 100 RBIs in their careers, making them the first teammates in school history with over 100 career RBIs while playing together.
Tarleton finished the year with an overall record of 29-26 and a Lone Star Conference record of 12-20.