Kate Bowen Selected to All-MAAC Second Team
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Manhattan College sophomore infielder Kate Bowen (Newtown, Conn.) has been recognized by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's (MAAC) nine head coaches with a selection to the All-MAAC Second Team, it was announced on Thursday night at the conference's annual postseason awards banquet from the Marist College Cabaret. Bowen led the Jaspers in every major offensive category in 2012.
Bowen paced the squad in batting average (.348), hits (49) and RBIs (26) for the second straight year. She also led the Jaspers with a .546 slugging percentage, a .429 on-base percentage, six home runs and 26 runs scored while tying for the team lead in doubles (8) and stolen bases (6). Also a pitcher, Bowen made 24 appearances in the circle, tossing a team-high 118 innings. She recorded a team-best 3.50 ERA, tossed a pair of shutouts, and her five wins were tied for the most on the squad.
On Saturday afternoon against Fairfield, Bowen tossed an eight-inning two-hit shutout, then hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth to give the Jaspers a 4-0 victory. Bowen followed up that performance by going a combined 2-for-6, including a home run, with three RBIs and four runs scored in a doubleheader sweep over Saint Peter's on Sunday. She also earned the win in game two of that twinbill, earning MAAC Player of the Week honors.
In addition, Bowen was one of five Jaspers named to the MAAC All-Academic Team. Senior Kelly Murray (Leominster, Mass.) earned a place on the All-Academic Team for the third straight season, while juniors Amanda Babcock (Haverstraw, N.Y.) and Anna Gallacher (New Fairfield, Conn.) were honored for the second time. Senior Amanda Berrios (Carteret, N.J.), a first-time selection, joined them on the MAAC All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher and completed at least two semesters at their institution.The MAAC Co-Players of the Year were Iona's Alyssa Maiese and Shannon Jones of Siena. Iona's Sarah Jackson was named MAAC Pitcher of the Year, while Allysen Breeden of Rider earned MAAC Rookie of the Year honors. The Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year award went to Fairfield's Julie Brzezinski.