College softball: Morgan leads five FGCU players receiving all-Atlantic Sun honors

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Florida Gulf Coast pitcher Shelby Morgan pitches against North Florida during Thursday's double header softball game at FGCU.

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Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News Florida Gulf Coast pitcher Shelby Morgan pitches against North Florida during Thursday's double header softball game at FGCU.

Florida Gulf Coast University softball player Shelby Morgan was named Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year, leading five Eagles receiving honors Tuesday.

Morgan becomes the first FGCU player to be named Pitcher of the Year.

Sophomore catcher Chelsea Zgrabik and sophomore outfielder Jessica Barnes joined Morgan on the all-conference first team. Zgrabik was a unanimous selection. Sophomores Kirsten Bembnowski and Emily Lanier are on the second team, and Morgan was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team.

The A-Sun All-Conference teams are voted on by the conference head coaches.

“I am very proud of this group of players who were recognized on the postseason teams,” FGCU coach David Deiros said. “Their individual success helped us earn the No. 1 seed and a share of the regular-season title. They all worked hard as a team, and it is great to see the conference award these players for their efforts.”

Morgan is 20-6 with a 1.37 ERA, which is 20th in the nation. She held conference opponents to a league-best .171 batting average, had three shutouts, and was 8-1 with an 0.68 ERA in the conference.

Zgrabik led the Atlantic Sun during conference play in home runs (8), RBIs (24), average (.439), hits (25), slugging percentage (.965), doubles (6) and total bases (55). She enters the postseason with a 10-game hitting streak.

Barnes had a team-high 24 stolen bases and 42 runs scored, and was second with a .319 batting average. She added six homers, and was third in the conference with 33 walks.

Bembnowski, who was on the All-Freshman Team last year, had 115 assists at third base while hitting .302 with five homers, nine doubles, and 26 RBIs. She had only three errors. Lanier, who also was on the All-Freshman Team, led the league in on-base percentage at .525, and was fifth in the conference with a .378 batting average. She had 11 doubles and a .308 batting average.

The Eagles open play in the Atlantic Sun postseason tournament Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Spartanburg, S.C. FGCU will play the winner of the game between fourth-seeded Lipscomb and fifth-seeded Jacksonville, which will play Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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