St. John's Earns Eight All-BIG EAST Honors, Three Major Awards|
May 6, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y. -- Following one of the most historic performances in program history that led the Red Storm to its first ever BIG EAST Regular Season Championship, the St. John's softball team was able to earn eight All-BIG EAST honors that includes three of the four major conference award winners, six first-team members and a pair of second-team accolades.
Senior Erin Burner was crowned the unanimous BIG EAST Player of the Year after a record-breaking season with the Red Storm in 2015. With the regular-season complete, Burner currently holds the program's career record in batting average at .360, breaking the former mark of .350, held by Jo Sherlock (2003-06). With 43 career doubles, 42 home runs and 147 RBI, the senior is also on her way to setting new program bests in each of those categories. This season, Burner has set the program's single-season record in batting average (.450), slugging percentage (.867) and on-base percentage (.556), has tied the program mark with 48 RBI and is close to setting new records in hits (54), doubles (14), home runs (12) and walks (30).
Junior Tori Free was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year after going 7-1 with a 0.90 ERA in conference play this season, throwing seven complete games that included a pair of shutouts while picking up a save earlier in the season. Named the Pitcher of the Week on March 30th, the right-hander has posted up 43 strikeouts in 54.2 innings in BIG EAST action while holding opponents to a .226 batting average. Overall, Free has posted up a 10-6 record on the season with a 1.87 ERA, striking out 107 batters in 101.1 innings of work while holding batters to a .208 average.
Head Coach Amy Kvilhaug and assistant coaches Bob Guerriero, Alex Schultz and Matt Klampert were named the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year after leading the Red Storm to its first ever BIG EAST Regular Season title, finishing the year with a program-record 16 BIG EAST wins while only suffering two conference losses. The St. John's staff also set the program record with a 15-game winning streak, currently holds the St. John's record with a .314 team batting average and is on the verge of setting new program bests in runs scored and RBI.
The Red Storm also saw six members of its 2015 squad named to first team All-BIG EAST: Tori Free, Francesca Carrullo, Erin Burner, Krystal Puga, Brittany Garcia and Lauren Zick.
Carrullo earned her first-career All-BIG EAST honor after an impressive senior campaign with the Red Storm, leading her squad to an 8-1 record with a 1.63 ERA in conference play while she was in the circle. The senior also picked up her first-career no-hitter with a five-inning win against Creighton on April 26 and was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week on April 6 and April 27.
Puga picked up first-team honors after putting together one of the best rookie campaigns in the league, posting up a .368 batting average with six doubles, 11 home runs and 33 RBI for a .711 slugging percentage as well as 14 walks and six hit-by-pitches for a .456 on-base percentage. Named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on March 2, the rookie was also named a candidate for the Top 25 NFCA Freshman of the Year award.
Garcia picked up her second-consecutive All-BIG EAST honors after finishing the regular season batting .407 in BIG EAST play, posting up six doubles, a triple and a pair of home runs with 15 RBI for a .644 slugging percentage.
Zick picked up her first collegiate honors after finishing the BIG EAST regular season with a .444 batting average in conference play, posting up three RBI and five walks while going 6-for-7 in stolen bases.
Sophomore Monique Landini and junior Yvonne Rericha were also recognized with All-BIG EAST honors, earning a spot on the second team after an impressive year with the Red Storm.
Landini finished the regular season batting .333 with 10 doubles, a pair of home runs, 20 RBI and 23 walks for a .460 slugging percentage and .434 on-base percentage while adding a pair of stolen bases for the Red Storm.
Rericha did well in conference action in 2015, finishing the regular season batting .404 in BIG EAST play while posting up a pair of doubles, a triple and five RBI while going a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen bases.
The Red Storm will head into the 2015 BIG EAST Championship as the No. 1 overall seed where it will take on fourth-seeded Villanova in the semifinals on Friday, May 8, at 4:30 ET on FOX Sports 2.
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