SAN ANGELO - Tarleton had six players honored as the best and brightest student-athletes in the Lone Star Conference when the league held its annual postseason awards banquet at the San Angelo Country Club Thursday night.
"I'm very proud of the work the girls put in this season," said head coach Mark Cumpian. "The awards are well deserved. They represent Tarleton with class on and off the field and it's great to see them recognized by the Lone Star Conference."
Nyka Wood highlighted the night for Tarleton as the junior catcher earned her second career first-team All-LSC honor, becoming the first TexAnn since Monica Garza in 2003-04 to be named first-team all-conference in multiple seasons. Wood was a first-team honoree as a freshman in 2015 and was a second-team selection last year. This season, Wood has played in all 54 games and leads the team with a .394 batting average in 160 at bats to go along with 58 RBI, which is a Tarleton single season record.
Haley Freyman also collected her third straight All-LSC award as the junior right-hander was named second-team all-conference after her milestone season. Freyman is 17-8 in the circle this season with 173.1 innings of work, over which she has thrown 19 complete games and seven shutouts including one over then-No. 6 West Texas A&M and two over No. 1 Angelo State.
Tarleton also racked up a pair of third-team All-LSC honorees - Meghann Wrinkle and Maddie Quintanar. Wrinkle hit .364 on the season while going 23-for-23 on the base paths, including a .418 average and 19 stolen bases in conference action. Quintanar hit .333 in her debut collegiate season, stealing 26-of-29 bases for the year, including a .311 average and 11 stolen bases in LSC action.
Wrinkle also racked up an LSC Gold Glove after making 48 putouts and three assists from the outfield with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Wrinkle was joined on the LSC Gold Glove team by fellow TexAnn, Megan Durante. Durante, a junior infielder from Denton, stepped into the first base role for Tarleton this season and boasted a .997 fielding percentage with 323 putouts and 12 assists.
Also, being recognized at the banquet were the top academic players in the Lone Star Conference where Avery Mullendore brought home Academic All-LSC acclaim. Mullendore has started all 54 games at shortstop this season as a Pre-Physical Therapy major.
Tarleton heads into the LSC postseason with a 35-19 record and an 18-12 mark in Lone Star Conference action. The TexAnns are the No. 5 seed in this weekend's tournament and will open the tournament against No. 4-seed Texas Woman's Friday at 1:30 p.m.