In 2018, Blackney helped guide the program to a record 33 wins and a return to the A-10 Championship behind a nationally ranked offense that averaged more than six runs per game. The Colonials set new program bests for batting average (.328), on-base percentage (.394), slugging percentage (.493), hits (493), runs (331), home runs (42), total bases (741), steals (108) and more.
Thanks to that impressive production, GW equaled a program record with its six A-10 postseason honorees, including All-Conference Second Team picks Jenna Cone, Elena Shelepak, Sidney Bloomfield, Morgan Rinehart and Alessandra Ponce. Cone, Ponce and Priscilla Martinez also garnered NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors.
In her first season in 2017, Blackney helped GW to a then-record 28 victories, including 11 in A-10 play. The Colonials set program records for hits (426), batting average (.302), RBI (243), extra-base hits (125), total bases (626), slugging percentage (.444), fewest strikeouts (201) and best fielding percentage (.964).
Blackney coached five different Colonials to A-10 All-Conference Honors, including 2017 Rookie of the Year Jenna Cone. In total, Blackney coached one First Team member, three Second Team members and three All-Rookie members in 2017.
Blackney joined the Colonials after serving as assistant coach at the University of South Dakota for three seasons. Blackney coached 15 All-Summit League selections, three NFCA All-Region honorees and one academic All-American for the Coyotes.
Blackney helped South Dakota amass 72 wins during her tenure and worked primarily with the hitters, leading the squad to a Summit League-record 77 home runs in 2015, ranking 17th nationally.
Prior to her stint at South Dakota, Blackney helped the Fort Wayne Mastodons in Indiana claim a Summit League Tournament title to earn a trip to NCAA Regionals during her two years as assistant coach.
Blackney began her Division I coaching experience at Southeast Missouri State University during the 2011-12 season. A 2008 graduate of Truman State University, Blackney served as a graduate assistant coach at Division II Bemidji State University from 2009-11.
Softball Closes Season at A-10 Championship
George Washington softball closed its season at the Atlantic 10 Championship on Thursday, dropping a 4-3 decision to Dayton at Bahoshy Field.
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Softball Matches Mark for A-10 Postseason Honors
Six different George Washington softball student-athletes have earned Atlantic 10 postseason honors to match the program record, the league announced Tuesday.
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Softball Takes Regular Season Finale at Saint Louis
George Washington softball closed the regular season in style Sunday, cruising to a 10-0 win in five innings at Saint Louis.
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Softball Concludes Regular Season at Saint Louis
George Washington softball closes the regular season this weekend with a three-game Atlantic 10 series at Saint Louis.