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Six SIUE Softball Players Honored by OVC

Zoe Schafer, Haley Chambers-Book, Alyssa Heren, Allison Smiley, Sarah Lopesilvero and Emily Ingles
Zoe Schafer, Haley Chambers-Book, Alyssa Heren, Allison Smiley, Sarah Lopesilvero and Emily Ingles

OXFORD, Ala. – SIUE's Haley Chambers-Book led a group of six SIUE softball players honored by the Ohio Valley Conference Tuesday night at an awards ceremony preceding the league championship.

The conference awards were selected by a vote of the league's 12 coaches and sports information contacts for softball.

Chambers-Book was named the OVC Pitcher of the Year for the second time in her career and also was selected to the first team as a pitcher. It was her fourth All-Conference award.

Second baseman Allison Smiley, shortstop Sarah Lopesilvero and center fielder Alyssa Heren were named to the OVC second team. Lopesilvero, first baseman Zoe Schafer and pitcher Emily Ingles were selected to the OVC All-Newcomer team.

Heading into the OVC Tournament, which begins Wednesday for the Cougars (38-11) with a 10 a.m. contest against Eastern Kentucky (25-29), SIUE's Chambers-Book posted a 24-6 record with a 1.19 earned run average. She has fanned 235 batters in 188.1 innings pitched. The senior left-hander from Coatesville, Indiana, is ranked seventh in the nation in shutouts with 10.

Smiley has been SIUE's leading hitter and RBI producer. She holds a .358 batting average with a team-leading 41 runs batted in. She also is listed among teh top 20 in the nation to strikeout, fanning just once every 33.5 at bats this season. On defense, the Cougar senior has a .993 fielding percentage and has committed one error in 49 games this season.

Lopesilvero, playing in her first season with SIUE after transferring from Louisville, is batting .325 with five home runs with 27 RBIs.

Heren earned her second straight second team All-OVC selection as an outfielder. She led the Cougars with 27 stolen bases as the team's leadoff hitter. Heren also leads SIUE hitters with six home runs.

Zoe Schafer enters the OVC Tournament second in hits for the Cougars with 49. The redshirt freshman also is second in RBIs with 29 and a team best .533 slugging percentage.

Ingles is enjoying a successful freshman season as she struck out 127 batters in 100.1 innings pitched. The right-hander holds a 2.30 earned run average with four complete game shutouts.

Murray State's Jessica Twaddle was named the OVC Player of the Year. Southeast Missouri's Rachel Anderson was tabbed the Freshman of the Year. Jana McGinnis, of Jacksonville State was named the Coach of the Year.

2017 All-Ohio Valley Conference Softball Teams

FIRST TEAM
P - Haley Chambers-Book (SIUE) - Sr., Coatesville, Ind.
P - Whitney Gillespie (Jacksonville State) - Jr., Pelham, Ala.
C - Jamie McGuire (Jacksonville State) - Sr., Glencoe, Ala.
IF - Jessica Twaddle (Murray State) - Sr., Franklin, Tenn.
IF - Rachel Minogue (Eastern Kentucky) - So., Corona, Calif.
IF - Allison Rager (Morehead State) - So., Elkview, W.Va.
IF - Jodie Duncan (UT Martin) - Jr., Munford, Tenn.
OF - Carly Gonzales (UT Martin) - Sr., Anaheim, Calif.
OF - Rachel Anderson (Southeast Missouri) - Fr., Edwardsville, Ill.
OF - Paige Murphy (Eastern Kentucky) - Jr., Louisville, Ky.
OF - Leila Chambers (Jacksonville State) - Jr., Molena, Ga.
UTIL/DP - Kylie Holton (Morehead State) - Jr., Macclenny, Fla.
UTIL/DP - Alyssa Richards (Tennessee Tech) - Sr., Italy, Texas
(13 people appear on the first team due to ties)

OVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jessica Twaddle, Murray State
OVC PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Haley Chambers-Book, SIUE
OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Rachel Anderson, Southeast Missouri
OVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Jana McGinnis, Jacksonville State

SECOND TEAM
P - Mason Robinson (Murray State) - Sr., Lewis Center, Ohio
P - Brooke Kennedy (UT Martin) -Sr., Bath Springs, Tenn.
C - Aeron Smith (UT Martin) - Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.
IF - Anna Chisolm (Jacksonville State) - So., St. Louis, Mo.
IF - Allison Smiley (SIUE) - Sr., Johnston City, Ill.
IF - Krislyn Campos (Eastern Kentucky) - Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.
IF - Brenna Finck (Murray State) - So., Maroa, Ill.
IF - Sarah Lopesilvero (SIUE) - Sr., Simpsonville, Ky.
OF - Alyssa Heren (SIUE) - So., Saline, Mich.
OF - Emily Woodruff (Jacksonville State) - Jr., Albertville, Ala.
OF - Stephanie Lewis (Jacksonville State) - Sr., Fort Meade, Fla.
UTIL/DP - Lexi Rouse (Belmont) - Jr., Macon, Ga.
UTIL/DP - Haley Mitchell (Eastern Illinois) - Fr., San Gabriel, Calif.
(13 people appear on the second team due to ties)

ALL-NEWCOMER
Rachel Anderson (Southeast Missouri) - OF, Fr., Edwardsville, Ill.
Brooklin Lee (Belmont) - P, Fr., Burns, Tenn.
Chelsea McManaway (Morehead State) - P, Jr., Wellston, Ohio
Sarah Lopesilvero (SIUE) - IF, Sr., Simpsonville, Ky.
Kylie Holton (Morehead State) - DP, Jr., Macclenny, Fla.
Zoe Schafer (SIUE) - IF, Fr., Noblesville, Ind.
Kaylee Ranburger (Murray State) - OF, Fr., Owensboro, Ky.
Emily Ingles (SIUE) - P, Fr., Scottsdale, Ariz.
Mia Davis (Eastern Illinois) - OF, Fr., LaGrange Park, Ill.
Haley Mitchell (Eastern Illinois) - DP - Fr., San Gabriel, Calif.
Mollie Paulick (Eastern Kentucky) - P, Fr., Centerville, Ohio
Mykaela Arellanes (Southeast Missouri) - OF, So., Foristell, Mo.

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