Softball's Jenna Cone Named A-10 Rookie of the Year
Five different Colonials earn postseason honors
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Washington softball's Jenna Cone has been named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday. Five different Colonials earned All-Conference honors after a strong 2017 season.
In addition, Cone is the first-ever Colonial freshman to earn First Team All-Conference recognition. Seniors Megan Linn and Paige Kovalsky and freshman Priscilla Martinez landed on the Second Team, while Cone and Martinez were joined on the All-Rookie Team by Jessica Linquist.
"I couldn't be more proud of our All-Conference recipients," said first-year head coach James DeFeo. "Our program took huge strides forward during our first season together. These accolades are a direct reflection of these five players' exceptional talent, hard work, and commitment to the process of excellence that GW Softball stands for."
Cone posted a historic season in the Buff and Blue, setting program records for home runs (18), slugging percentage (.822), on-base percentage (.500), runs scored (47) and RBIs (59). The third baseman led the A-10 in round-trippers, while leading GW and ranking second in the conference with a .395 average. The Trabuco Canyon, California, native started all 52 games for GW and posted a .957 fielding percentage.
Linn earns her fourth career postseason honor with her Second Team nod after notching a stellar senior campaign, ranking second on the squad with a .370 average, 42 runs scored and a .439 on-base percentage. Linn's team-best 64 hits and 29 stolen bases both ranked third in the A-10. Starting all 52 contests, the Corona, California, product owned a .950 fielding percentage in 2017.
Kovalsky posted a career year en route to Second Team distinction, her first postseason honor, tallying a career-best .333 average, ending her final game with a walk-off single to give GW its record-breaking 28th victory. The designated player and utility glove ranked second on the team with 42 RBI, and led the conference with 18 doubles - good for a .519 slugging percentage. A native of Windermere, Florida, Kovalsky scored 23 runs and stole safely nine times in 10 attempts.
Martinez was a steady force for the Colonials both behind and at the plate during her rookie season, making 52 starts in 2017 to land on both the All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team. The Fountain Valley, California, product ranked third for GW with a .339 average, 40 RBI and a .506 slugging percentage, while tying for second on the team with four round-trippers. Her 16 doubles marked the most-ever by a GW rookie. The backstop posted a strong .972 fielding percentage to cap her freshman season.
Linquist appeared in 49 games for the Colonials, making 46 starts, as a key contributor to GW's success. The outfielder owned a .313 average, ranking third on the team with 32 runs scored as a versatile slap hitter with a .387 on-base percentage. The West Deptford, New Jersey, native added 10 RBI to her line, along with a pair of doubles.
The five honorees mark the most Colonials to receive All-Conference honors since 2013, when six different players earned postseason awards.
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