May 8, 2014
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh softball players Carly Thea and Tori Nirschl have been named to the All-ACC conference team, as announced by league officials on Wednesday morning.
Thea was an All-ACC Second Team performer, while Nirschl was an All-ACC Third Team selection.
"We are truly honored to have two of our players recognized by the outstanding coaches in the ACC," head coach Holly Aprile said. "We couldn't be more proud of the performances of both Carly and Tori in our first year in the league. "They are both outstanding representatives of the University of Pittsburgh and the community."
Thea and Nirschl combined to lead the Panthers in nearly every statistical category this season. In her junior campaign, Thea led Pitt with a .388 batting average, which ranked her 6th in the ACC and a .636 slugging percentage which ranked 10th in the conference. She also led the Panthers in hits (47), doubles (9), total bases (77) and on-base percentage (.471).
Thea put together an on-base streak of 19 consecutive games which was a career-best and a season-high for any Panther. She finished the season with seven homers (a new career-high) and 21 RBI. Thea batted .400 during conference play.
"Carly has worked very hard and her efforts really came to fruition this season. She came up big for us the entire year and we are so proud of her."
A year after being honored as the Big East Rookie of the Year, Nirschl earned her second-straight conference honor this season. The Carlsbad, Calif., native held a .287 overall batting average, but hit .352 during ACC action. All eight of her home runs were during conference play, while she collected 17 of her 19 RBI during league competition.
Nirschl ended the year leading the Panthers in runs scored with 26 and walks with 22. Just after two seasons, Nirschl ranks fifth all-time in career home runs with 19 and is tied for fifth in career batting average (.312).
"Tori takes such pride in everything that she does and as the Big East Rookie of the Year in 2013, we all had high expectations for her. It is an enormous compliment to her that she was able to maintain a healthy perspective and remain a consistent force at the plate."
Individual Award Winners
Player of the Year - Maddie O'Brien, Florida State
Pitcher of the Year -Lacey Waldrop, Florida State
Freshman of the Year - Karley Wester, Notre Dame
Coach of the Year - Lonni Alameda, Florida State
All-ACC First Team
Lacey Waldrop - Jr. - P - Florida State
Maddie O'Brien - Jr. - SS - Florida State
Karley Wester - Fr. - OF - Notre Dame
Micaela Arizmendi - So. - 1B - Notre Dame
Courtney Senas - Sr. - OF - Florida State
Kristen Brown - So. - SS - North Carolina
Emily Weiman - Jr. - P - NC State
Laura Winter - Sr. - P - Notre Dame
Sydney O'Hara - Fr. - P - Syracuse
Maddie Lionberger - So. - 2B - Georgia Tech
All-ACC Second Team
Ashley Thomas - Sr. - SS - Georgia Tech
Jessica Burroughs - Fr. - P - Florida State
Emilee Koerner - Jr. - OF - Notre Dame
Renada Davis - Jr. - SS - NC State
Candice Beards - Sr. - 1B - Maryland
Jenna Kelly - So. - 1B - North Carolina
Lauren Gaskill - Jr. - SS - Virginia Tech
Aquilla Mateen - So. - OF - North Carolina
Tory Speer - Sr. - C - Boston College
Carly Thea - Jr. - OF - Pitt
All-ACC Third Team
Jasmine Watson - Sr. - 1B - Syracuse
Victoria East - So. - 1B - Florida State
Cassidy Whidden - Jr. - C - Notre Dame
Shirley Daniels - Sr. - OF - Syracuse
Tori Nirschl - So. - OF - Pitt
Kylie McGoldrick - Jr. - 2B - Virginia Tech
Nicole D'Argento - Sr. - P - Boston College
Megan Cooley - So. - OF - Boston College
Briana Hamilton - Sr. - 3B - Florida State
Katey Smith - So. - C - Virginia Tech