Hall and O’Neill Garner America East All-Conference Honors
Taylor Hall All-Conference First Team
Danielle O'Neill All-Conference Second Team
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC softball’s sophomore catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) and freshman utility player Danielle O'Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern) each earned America East All-Conference recognition, as announced by the league office on Wednesday. Honorees were voted upon by the conference’s head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Hall, last season’s America East Co-Rookie of the Year, garnered her second-straight All-Conference First Team selection after leading the Retrievers’ offensive production, including a .419 batting average against league opponents. The Cosby, Va., native finished in the top-five in the conference in hits (51) batting average (.367), runs batted in (35) and total bases (80). Her .367 batting average ranked fourth in the league this season and was the fourth-highest ever for a UMBC sophomore. The second-year catcher made 49 starts in the 2013 campaign and tallied 15 multi-hit games and a team-best 10 multi-RBI games on the year.
A second team honoree as a utility player, O’Neill was one of only three players to start all 52 games on the season for the Retrievers, including a starting nod in every position except pitcher. The rookie led the squad in doubles (10) and ranked second on the team in batting average (.285) and third in runs batted in (60). O’Neill registered a .380 on-base percentage for the season, including 23 walks, the second-most all-time by a Retriever freshman.
“These are two well-deserved awards,” said head coach Joe French. “It was two of the players that have carried us, not only on the field, but off the field this year. We are very proud of this honor for them and they are very deserving of it.”