ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - For the first time in school history in any sport, Delaware State University softball senior Jordan Reid (Accokeek, Md.) has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the third consecutive season, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon.
Reid is currently first in the MEAC and 24th in the NCAA with a .425 batting average. She is also ranked nationally in the top 25 in runs per game (1.05; 19th), hit by pitches per game (0.33; 20th) and triples (4; 25th). The centerfielder led her conference counterparts in on-base percentage (.507) and runs scored (41). Additionally, Reid has two home runs, four triples, six doubles, 15 stolen bases and 15 RBI in 113 at-bats for Delaware State this season.
"It's really a great honor for Jordan and says a lot about who she is," stated DSU head coach Jeff Savage. "Jordan has worked very, very hard and certainly made the most of her talents. I'm hoping that now she can take that honor and move forward to take the conference championship to put the cherry on top."
The decorated softball player was also named the Delaware State University Female Student-Athlete of the Year for the second straight year at the annual DESPY Awards, held in April. Reid, the 2012 MEAC Preseason Player of the Year, has won two MEAC Player of the Week honors this season (April 2, 30) and was also tabbed the College Sports Madness Player of the Week for March 6.
In 2011, Reid was the first DSU softball player to be named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Mid-Atlantic First Team and finished second in the NCAA with a .497 batting average, which led the MEAC by nearly 90 points. Additionally, Reid broke a school record with 77 hits on the season.
Reid's named is dotted all over the Hornet softball career records as she is fourth in hits (189), triples (11), stolen bases (58) and runs scored (135).
A selfless leader by nature, Reid commented, "Honestly, I just can't believe it. I wasn't even worried about that [Player of the Year honors], I'm more worried about us getting this ring. That's what I'm really looking for. The team is all that matters and winning this championship title."
Reid also excels academically; earning Dean's List honors for five out of her seven semesters enrolled at DSU and is a member of the Pi Gamma Mu honor society. Additionally, she has received 2011 and 2012 MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team honors and was a 2010 NFCA Scholar-Athlete.
Sarris, a Preseason All-MEAC First Team selection, was named to the Second Team for the second consecutive season. She currently leads the team in appearances (30) and innings pitched (90.1) and is tied for the team lead with an 8-4 overall record. Additionally, she is second on the team with a 2.32 ERA and third with 30 strikeouts. Sarris was named the College Sports Madness MEAC Player of the Week for March 27.
The DSU MEAC honors are rounded out by Green, a rookie who is second on the team and 10th in the conference with a .347 batting average. Green also has 22 runs scored, 35 hits, four doubles, three home runs and 20 RBI on the season.
Coppin State senior Paige Arnold earned MEAC Pitcher of the Year honors for the second time in her career while Savannah State's Amber Hallman was named the Rookie of the Year. SSU's Jose Gonzalez was named the Coach of the Year.
All awards are voted on by the conference's head softball coaches and sports information directors.
The Hornets seek their first MEAC title since the 2008 season and will open the 2012 MEAC Softball Championship tournament against North Carolina A&T at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex in Ormond Beach, Fla.
The Hornets clinched the MEAC North title for the second consecutive season with a 14-3 conference record and will be the No. 1 seed in the North. Delaware State finished the 2012 regular season with a 25-16-1 overall record. The three conference losses marks the fewest since the 2006 season when DSU finished 20-3 in MEAC play (including postseason) and the 16 overall losses is the fewest since 1994 when the Hornets were 18-10.
Admission is for the tournament $7 per day or $12 for the three-day tournament.
The championship finale is set for Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. A complete tournament schedule of events is available at DSUHornets.com and MEACsports.com.
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2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Softball All-Conference Awards
Player of the Year Rookie of the Year
Jordan Reid, Delaware State Amber Hallman, Savannah State
Pitcher of the Year Coach of the Year
Paige Arnold, Coppin State Jose Gonzalez, Savannah State
Pos Name School Class Ht. Hometown
P Paige Arnold Coppin State Sr. 5-7 Detroit, Mich.
P Madison Hedderly Savannah State Jr. 5-10 Dublin, Ohio
C Chelsea Parrish Savannah State Sr. 5-8 Baxely, Ga.
1B Juanita Jernigan North Carolina A&T So. 5-8 Raleigh, N.C.
2B Tera Gainer Florida A&M Sr. 5-7 Crestview, Fla.
3B Amber Hallman Savannah State Fr. 5-6 Kennesaw, Ga.
SS Aurelia Gamch Bethune-Cookman Jr. 5-2 Madera, Calif.
OF Jordan Reid Delaware State Sr. 5-8 Accokeek, Md.
OF Michelle Banuelos-Smith Bethune-Cookman Jr. 5-4 Mission Hills, Calif.
OF Haley Ward Norfolk State Fr. 5-7 Virginia Beach, Va.
UTL Jamie Paolini Savannah State So. 5-7 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Pos Name School Class Ht. Hometown
P Stephanie Sarris Delaware State So. 5-6 Rohnert Park, Calif.
P Shanel Tolbert Bethune-Cookman So. 5-6 Los Angeles, Calif.
C Sabrina Ferguson Bethune-Cookman Sr. 5-3 Oxnard, Calif.
1B Karina Romero Bethune-Cookman Fr. 5-7 Cathedral City, Calif.
2B India Morgan Savannah State So. 5-3 Newnan, Ga.
3B Tranea Jones North Carolina A&T So. 5-6 Hickory, N.C.
SS Gipsy Ramirez Norfolk State Jr. 5-6 LaVerne, Calif.
OF Jasmin Donaldson Florida A&M Sr. 5-9 Rockledge, Fla.
OF Cember Carmichael North Carolina Central So. 5-6 Griffin, Ga.
OF Bria Green Delaware State Fr. 5-8 Wheatley Heights, N.Y.
UTL Morgan King Maryland E. Shore Fr. 5-4 Danville, Ill.