AMHERST, Mass. - Saint Joseph's senior outfielder Amanda Kulp and junior second baseman Molly Kapala were selected to the Atlantic 10 Softball All-Conference Second Team as five Hawks garnered A-10 softball honors, conference officials announced on Tuesday. Along with All-Conference honors, Kapala was named to the A-10 All-Academic Team alongside senior Taryn Grober and sophomore Kirstin Cox, while freshman Amanda Herr was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
A three-time A-10 All-Conference selection, Kulp continued to cement her spot as one of the top leadoff hitters in program history this year as the centerfielder leads the team in runs scored (36) and stolen bases (18), and ranks second on the team in hits (49). A four-year starter, Kulp has also continued to etch her name in the SJU record book as she has set a new program record for stolen bases (82), and ranks fourth in career runs scored (117) and is tied for fifth in hits (192).
Earning both A-10 All-Conference and All-Academic Team accolades for the second straight season, Kapala made a smooth transition to second base this season. Hitting .322 with a team-leading 44 runs batted in to go with 35 runs scored, the accounting major shined during conference play as she hit .397 with a team-best 20 runs scored, 27 RBI and five home runs.
Starting 38 games, Grober has given the Hawks added power in the middle of the line-up. Playing at both third base and designated player, the two-time A-10 All-Academic honoree ranks third on SJU in home runs (four), fourth in runs batted in (21) and slugging percentage (.427), and sixth in runs scored (20). Majoring in food marketing, Grober has been a staple of the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll during her academic career and also became the 37th Hawk in program history to reach 100 hits for her career earlier this season.
Excelling during A-10 play, Cox hit a team-best .404 to help the Hawks finish with a 13-10 conference record and the fifth seed in the upcoming A-10 Championship. A member of the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll, the autism behavioral studies major currently ranks second overall on the team in batting average (.328) and stolen bases (15), and fourth in runs scored (24).
Making an immediate impact as a newcomer, Herr has posted an 8-4 record in the circle with a 3.95 ERA. Tied for the team lead in appearances (30), Herr currently ranks second on the team in innings pitched (113.1) and strikeouts (29), and has also proven to be a contributor on offense having collected a home run and three RBI in 15 at bats.
The fifth seeded Hawks open play at the 2019 A-10 Championship on Wednesday at 11 a.m. versus fourth seed Dayton.
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