FAIRFAX, Va. - Saint Joseph's sophomore outfielder Amanda Kulp has been named to the Atlantic 10 Softball All-Conference First Team, while sophomore pitcher Ashley Ventura and Caela Abadie garnered A-10 All-Conference Second Team Honors, conference officials announced on Wednesday. Additionally, Abadie joined classmate Jancarla Herrera and Sarah Ostaszewski on the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
Leading the A-10 and setting a new SJU single-season mark for stolen bases with 30, Kulp earns her second straight All-Conference honor. A Second Team honoree a season ago, she enters this week's A-10 Championship as the Hawks' leader average (.368), hits (53), runs scored (30) and on-base percentage (.428). Starting 43 games in centerfield, Kulp reached her 100th career hit this past weekend at George Mason, becoming the 35th Hawk in player history to do so.
Proving to be one of the top pitchers in the A-10, Ventura has posted a 14-12 overall record this season and ranks in the top-five of the conference in ERA (2.10), strikeouts (125), complete games (19) and saves (three). Going 8-5 in conference play with a 1.85 ERA, Ventura also recorded the 11th no-hitter in program history at La Salle on April 27.
Leading the Hawks in home runs (seven), RBIs (27) and slugging percentage (.576), Abadie has become one of the top run producers in the A-10. Hitting .303 on the year, the rookie ranks fifth on SJU in runs scored (20) and sixth in hits (30).
Ranking second on Saint Joseph's in batting average (.321) and stolen bases (13), Herrera has quickly transitioned to a starting role as a freshman. Starting 31 games, she currently is second on SJU in runs scored (24) and has collected 27 hits to rank fourth among Hawk rookies.
Seeing time behind the plate and at designated player, Ostaszewski has started all 49 games this year for Saint Joseph's. Currently second on the team, and tops among freshmen, with 41 hits, she has driven in 22 runs and scored 20 runs, while hitting .272.
The Hawks (23-26) open play at the A-10 Championship on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. versus George Mason.