Four Penn State Fayette softball players earn postseason awards
Four Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus softball players earned postseason honors, including three conference and one national honoree. Junior Shannon Ardabell earned United State Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Academic All-American honors, an award given to those student-athletes who hold a GPA of 3.5 or above. Ardabell played in 17 games, collecting 11 RBIs during the season.
Sophomore Kasey Ruble was named to the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) First Team, her second such time to be honored this year. Ruble was also named to the PSUAC First Team in basketball for 2010-11. Ruble led the Lady Roaring Lions with a .429 average, .683 slugging percentage, three home runs, 27 hits, seven doubles, 26 runs scored, 19 stolen bases and 12 RBIs in 22 games. Ruble also won three games, pitching eight complete games, striking out 41 batters in 56 innings.
Joining Ruble on the PSUAC teams are sophomore Sarah Swaney and freshman Jill Guthrie, both of whom earned PSUAC Second Team nods. Swaney became a valuable piece of the infield, moving to shortstop after injuries depleted the roster. Swaney picked up her play late, recording six hits in a doubleheader at Penn State Schuylkill, while hitting .264 with 10 RBIs and a team-high three triples in 21 games.
Guthrie joined Ruble as the only Lady Roaring Lions players to play in every game, becoming the primary backstop in all 22 games. Guthrie hit .413 with five doubles and one home run, and tied for the team lead with 12 RBIs while slugging .540. Her 16 runs scored were second only to Ruble, as were her 13 stolen bases.