Senior designated player Jessica Jones finished her softball career as a four-time All-MIAA performer for the Gorillas.
The Osawatomie, Kan., native earned second-team All-MIAA honors last spring after batting .338 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs. Jones helped Pitt State post a 21-29-1 overall record (4-16 MIAA) on the season.
In addition to her athletics success, Jones also earned first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® honors. She enters her professional teaching semester in Fall 2010 with a 3.97 GPA as an early/late childhood education major.
In addition to Jones’ on-field success, four other Pitt State players received All-MIAA recognition. Sophomore utility player Amanda DeCastro was named to the first-team All-MIAA squad, while senior outfielder Cassie Martin was named to the second-team All-MIAA squad. Senior catcher Lindsay Birchfield and senior pitcher Melissa Slayden both garnered honorable mention All-MIAA honors.
DeCastro, an All-American as a freshman in 2009, also earned second-team All-Region recognition this spring. The Carl Junction, Mo., native batted .367 with 12 doubles, 12 home runs, 34 runs scored and 39 RBIs.
Following the season, head coach Brad Horky resigned his position. Horky led Pitt State to a 296-216-1 record in 10 seasons during a pair of stints (1991-95, 2006-10) at the school.
On June 23, Pitt State hired Annette Hunt-Shepherd as Horky’s successor. Hunt-Shepherd spent the past seven seasons as head coach at Ohio Northern University. (see related story)