UAM Lands Four On All-GAC Softball Teams

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

(Left to Right): Katie Slaughter (Second Team All-GAC), Beth Johnson (First Team All-GAC), Maggie Sands (First Team All-GAC) and Brittany Eitel (Second Team All-GAC) Courtesy of Media Services

The softball team receives four selections in the 2013 All-Great American Conference. The announcement was revealed Wednesday, April 24. (Left to Right): Katie Slaughter (Second Team All-GAC), Beth Johnson (First Team All-GAC), Maggie Sands (First Team All-GAC) and Brittany Eitel (Second Team All-GAC)
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BENTONVILLE — The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s softball team received four selections to the 2013 All-Great American Conference teams revealed Wednesday at the GAC Awards Ceremony at Bentonville’s Orchard Park on the eve of the opening round of the league’s championship tournament.

   Senior designated player Maggie Sands and junior outfielder Beth Johnson each earned first team selections, while sophomore pitcher Katie Slaughter and junior catcher Brittany Eitel earned spots on the second team. For Sands, this is her second consecutive All-GAC first team selection. Johnson and Eitel each earned an honorable mention last season, while Slaughter earns the first all-conference honor of her two-year career.

   Sands played and started all but one game this season for UAM as the team’s designated player. She finished the regular season ranked ninth in the league with a .370 batting average. The Ferris, Texas native totaled 60 hits in 162 at bats with eight doubles, one triple and 23 runs batted in. She added 25 walks and one hit by pitch for a .455 on base percentage. Sands started the season with a streak of 33 games to reach base safely and also totaled a team-best 10-game hitting streak during the year.

   Johnson finished the regular season ranked second on the team among starters in batting average (.329). The Allen, Texas native racked up 51 hits in 155 at bats with eight doubles, one triple and team-highs in homeruns (8) and runs batted in (30). She currently ranks sixth in the league in homeruns and 10th in total bases. Johnson ranked second behind Sands during the regular season with 12 multiple-hit games and six games with at least two RBI.

   Eitel finished the regular season with a .285 batting average after totaling 43 hits in 151 at bats with four doubles, three triples, five homeruns and 23 RBI. The Hallsville, Texas native saw a 100-point increase in her on base percentage after adding 22 walks and two hit by pitches. Eitel was behind the plate for all 51 games this season and ranked fifth in the league with 11 putouts on steal attempts.

   Slaughter wrapped up her sophomore season at UAM with a 13-10 record in the circle with a 2.85 earned run average. The Austin, Texas native worked 135 innings this season and added 90 strikeouts with just 12 walks allowed. She threw 14 complete games and four shutouts, including a one-hit shutout against Southern Arkansas in UAM’s home finale. That shutout gave her GAC Pitcher of the Week honors, UAM’s lone weekly honoree of the 2013 season.

 

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