Simpson named ECAC South Player of the Year to lead All-ECAC selections

Simpson named ECAC South Player of the Year to lead All-ECAC selections

DANBURY, Conn. – The postseason awards continue to come in for Salisbury University softball senior Molly Simpson, who was named the 2016 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Player of the Year, while four Sea Gulls were named to the All-ECAC South All-Star first team, the league announced.

Simpson was also one of the Gulls' selections to the All-ECAC South All-Star first team, following a break-out senior seasons in 2016. She finished the season with a team-high 14 home runs, which also ranked fourth in the country. Simpson also led the team with 64 hits and an .861 slugging percentage, while ranking second with a .444 batting average, .509 on-base percentage, 55 RBI, and 12 doubles. She was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a National Fastpitch Coaches' Association first-team All-American for her efforts this season, also.

Simpson was joined on the All-ECAC South first team by seniors Kim Dorsey, Paige Knussman, and Annah Brittingham.

Dorsey and Knussman both again proved to be two of Salisbury's offensive leaders during the 2016 season, while both were also named NFCA first-team All-Americans and first-team All-CAC selections.

Dorsey ranked seventh in the country, while leading the team, with 59 RBI on the year. She smacked 10 home runs, which was good for 26th in the country, while also leading the team in batting (.473) and on-base percentage (.543). Dorsey finished third on the team with 61 hits, along with an .822 slugging percentage, good for second on the team.

Knussman finished the year with 11 home runs, which was good for second on the team and 15th in the country, while also driving in 51 runs, ranking 20th in the nation. Her .434 batting average, .790 slugging percentage, and .481 on-base percentage all were good for third on the team this season, along with her 39 runs scored, while she also finished second with 62 hits and led the team with 16 doubles.

Brittingham was a force at the plate and in the circle for the Sea Gulls this season, posting a 19-3 record and a 1.44 earned-run average as a pitcher. Her wins led the team, along with her .156 opposing batting average, while her ERA was second on the squad. She also led the way with 142 strike outs on the year. At the plate, Brittingham batted .396, good for fifth on the team, while scoring 39 runs and driving in 24. She was named an All-CAC first-team member for her season.

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