DANVILLE, KY—Former Centre College softball standouts Berea Ernst '03, Holly Phillips '05 and Marjorie Pilkinton '05 have been named to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's 15th Anniversary Softball team.
Ernst's .366 career batting average ranks 11th all-time in conference history. A two-time first team all-SCAC selection, Ernst had her career-year in 2000 when she led the league in hitting with 52 hits and a .510 average—the second highest single-season average in SCAC history.
Phillips, a three-time all-SCAC catcher, currently ranks in the top 10 in league history in batting average, hits, doubles, and RBI. Along with her SCAC rankings, Phillips is the Centre career leader in hits, runs batted in, doubles and batting average.
Pilkinton, like Phillips a three-time all-SCAC selection, hit .324 for her career with 122 hits, including 20 doubles, nine triples and 15 home runs. Her nine triples is tied for the fourth-most in conference history and her 15 home runs rank her fourth all-time. Pilkinton holds the Centre career record for triples and is second in school history in home runs.
The SCAC, which formed in 1991, announced 15th Anniversary teams in all 18 sports during the 2005-06 academic year. The teams are selected through balloting by present coaches and administrators. Athletes who participated in SCAC competition between the fall of 1991 through the spring of 2004 and had been named to at least two All-SCAC teams are eligible for selection.
All-SCAC selections: Softball and baseball
Five members of this year's Centre softball team have been named to the 2006 all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference team. Senior catcher Macy Dykema (Morrison, Ill.) and sophomore outfielder Maggie Blackburn (Lexington, Ky.) were voted to the first team. Sophomore outfielder Laura Hufnagle (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore designated hitter Julia Hubbard (Louisville, Ky.) were named to the second team. Sophomore second baseman Lindsey Willett (Louisville, Ky.) earned honorable mention status.
Dykema is the first player in school history to be named to first team three times.
The softball team tied a school record for wins (19), which they set in 2005, on their way to a 19-18 overall record and 8-4 SCAC mark. Centre also qualified for its fifth consecutive SCAC tournament.
For the second consecutive year, the Centre College baseball team has placed four student-athletes on the all-SCAC team. Senior shortstop Michael Pangallo (Cold Spring, Ky.), junior first baseman Eric Moore (Bowling Green, Ky.) and sophomore designated hitter Ben Jeffers (New Albany, Ohio) were each named to the first team, while sophomore pitcher John Herbert (Louisville, Ky.) was an honorable mention selection. The Colonels' three first-team selections are the most since 1997.
For more on Centre's softball and baseball teams, see the sports news page and the team pages (softball | baseball).
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