PITTSBURGH, Pa. – For the second year in a row, senior Natalie Whitman grabbed a spot on the 2014 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) All-Conference softball team. Sporting a selection as an outfielder, Whitman jumped one team higher and became one of the ten players named to the 2nd Team.
Prior to this year’s honor, Whitman was the only Hilbert athlete to be recognized as an AMCC All-Conference multi-sport athlete in a single year; she now stretches her lead as the only athlete do accomplish this feat two-years in a row.
Penn State Behrend’s Ashley Gruber was named the Coach of the Year in her inaugural season while Maddie Mulig what named the Newcomer of the Year for the Lions. Mount Aloysius’ Jalisa Westover (Player of the Year) and D’Youville College’s Kalie McHenry (Pitcher of the Year) were also selected as the best players in the league in 2014.
Whitman finished the season with 29 hits, hitting a team-best 10 doubles while driving in 8 runs. She crossed home 14 times while hitting .392 at the plate. Whitman was a versatile player and moved around the field to get a defensive stop. Starting the season in the outfield, Whitman was asked to step to the infield and roamed the leftside as the team’s short stop. She also served as the Hawks’ closer in the circle covering 12 innings when needed. In her eight appearances she struck out 11 and gave up 16 hits.