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Lauren de Castro honored by Ohio Valley Conference for Austin Peay State University Softball

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN - Austin Peay State University softball senior Lauren de Castro has been named first-team all-conference by the Ohio Valley Conference’s coaches and sports information directors for the third consecutive season, as announced Tuesday by the conference office.

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The Torrance, California native joins APSU Athletics Hall of Fame member Andrea Miller as the only Lady Govs softball players to earn three All-OVC first-team selections.

Overall, de Castro is the 14th player in school history to earn first-team honors since the OVC started sponsoring softball as a conference sport in 1994.

It is also her second straight season earning the first-team slot in the utility/designated player position, after her first All-OVC selection in 2012 as an infielder.

Offensively, de Castro led the Lady Govs this season in batting average (.355), runs (27), hits (50), home runs (6) RBI (27), slugging percentage (.567) and on-base percentage (.411).

She also became the first player in school history to record 50 hits season three times in a career, while also becoming only the third payer in school history to record at least 200 career hits.

As a pitcher, de Castro led the Lady Govs in ERA (3.18), wins (12), complete games (18), shutouts (5), innings pitched (165.1) and strikeouts (102), while holding opponents to a .258 batting average.

Overall in the final conference regular season statistical standing, de Castro finished third in batting average and on-base percentage, fourth in slugging percentage, fifth in inning pitched, sixth in starts as a pitcher, complete games and shutouts and eighth in wins and total bases.

Also this season, de Castro was named to the all-tournament team at the University of South Alabama Mardi Gras Invitational, named adidas® OVC Player of the Week (March 24th), named to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Team and was a nominee for the Ed Temple Female Amateur Athletics Award for the 16th Annual Pepsi Celebration of Champions.


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