Softball Scores Two All-NAC Awards
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, Ill. – On Wednesday the Northern Athletics Conference released its All-Conference awards for the 2012 softball season. The Regents had two student-athletes selected by the coaches in the Northern Athletics Conference to receive honors. Junior second baseman Jossilyn Jones (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) received Second Team All-NAC honors and junior first baseman Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./Pearl City) was named to the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team. The two All-NAC selections are the most for the Regents since the 2009 season.
The second team selection for Jones is the highest All-NAC Honor earned by a Regent softball player since having a player on the first team in 2009. Jones was one of the top offensive players in the conference during her first season as a Regent. The junior led the NAC with 16 doubles and was just one double shy of tying the Rockford College record for doubles in a season. She also finished ninth in the NAC in walks (15) and on-base percentage (.450), tenth in slugging percentage (.560), twelfth in batting average (.379) and fifteenth in hits (44). In addition, Jones also led the Regents in at bats (116), runs scored (24), runs batted in (21) and total bases (65). The Rockford native was also extremely important to the Regents defensively starting not only at second base but also shortstop and catcher this year.
Nicole Lawler was selected to the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Lawler began the season injured and missed nearly half of the games this year. However, when the junior was healthy and inserted into the middle of the lineup she immediately produced for the Regents. In just 20 games Lawler hit .311 with a .426 slugging percentage, 4 doubles, 1 home run and 14 runs batted in. The Rockford College softball team finished its 2012 campaign in ninth place in the Northern Athletics Conference with a 14-24 overall record and was 9-15 in NAC play. However, once the team was healthy and able to get everyone on the field at the same time the ladies started to play some of their best softball of the year. Over its final ten games, the softball team went 7-3 and was 3-1 against the teams that qualified for the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament. In those three loses, the ladies lost by a combined 4 runs while outscoring their opponents by 22 runs in the seven wins.