VESTAL, N.Y. – The UMBC softball team (22-28, 5-10) had a trio of players earn America East postseason honors, the league announced Tuesday night, including a pair of awards for junior Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford). The selections were made by the coaching staffs of the league's seven league teams.
Lesko was named to All-Conference Second Team as designated player, after leading UMBC and ranking fourth in the conference in home runs (8). She also leads the Retrievers with 27 RBIs and was tied for second in the conference with 21 walks. The media and communication studies major was also named to the All-Academic team with a 3.57 grade-point average.
Junior outfielder Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) garnered All-Conference First Team honors for the first time in her career. Alexander ranked top-5 in batting average (.358), hits (59), doubles (11), total plate appearances (177), at bats (165), and stolen bases (13) in the America East entering the postseason. Alexander was previously named America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie in 2015.
Freshman shortstop Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz./Boulder Creek) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team for UMBC. Daigneau burst onto the scene with a brilliant freshman season, as she was third in the conference in hitting (.379) and second among rookies through the regular season. She also leads the conference in hits with 61. The Arizona native also finished in the top-5 in the America East in on-base percentage (.429), triples (5), total bases (83), stolen bases (14), stolen bases attempted (18), total plate appearances (176), and at bats (161).
The fifth-seeded Retrievers face off against the fourth-seeded Albany Great Danes (23-15, 8-7) in Vestal, N.Y. on Wednesday, May 10 with first pitch scheduled for 11:00 am.