CANYON - Tarleton State Softball had five players named all-conference, one academic all-conference and an LSC Gold Glover winner at Thursday night's annual postseason awards banquet in Canyon.
"The honors our players received are very well deserved," said head coach Julie Mata. "They and their teammates have come together to do some great things on and off the field.
"The Lone Star Conference is probably the toughest softball conference in the nation, so it is a very big honor to make the team in any way," she continued. "However, I don't always think the voting is very fair and, from year-to-year, you see players left out from your own and other teams that you feel should have made it or been placed higher than they were.
"In the end, though, it's about team," she continued. "I know that our players get that. I am very proud of the season we are having. It's bigger than awards and it's bigger than just wins."
Nyka Wood, a true freshman from North Richland Hills, was named a first-team all-conference selection after her stellar debut season behind the dish. The freshman led the TexAnns with a .406 batting average and drove in 51 RBIs on the season while throwing out a league-best 14 runners on the base paths. Her .406 average is currently the second-best season average in Tarleton State history behind only Monica Garza's .479 mark in 2004.
She is the 29th TexAnn in school history to be named a first-team all-conference selection.
Tarleton State had three members of the LSC second-team -Katelyn Conlee, Haley Freyman and Erika Menchaca.
For Conlee, this is her second straight season on the All-LSC second team after hitting .395 for the year and .411 in league play. She also led the team with 64 hits at the plate, which was the third-most in the Lone Star Conference and the most among any LSC outfielders for the season.
Mencahaca, who also earned her first career LSC Golden Glove award, hit .380 for the season with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs while also recording three walk-off base hits on the year. Defensively, Menchaca proved to be the best in the LSC by claiming the first base Gold Glove after leading the LSC in league play with 224 chances and 211 putouts while not making a single error for the only 1.000 fielding percentage in the conference during LSC action.
Haley Freyman, another freshman from North Richland Hills, also earned second-team honors after leading the LSC in wins (19) and innings pitched (184.0) with an earned run average of 3.12.
Melody Mayse rounded out the Tarleton State award winners with the third All-LSC Third-Team selection of her career and an academic all-conference award. The junior from Grandview hit .370 on the year and led the league in triples with seven. She was also the team leader in runs scored (54) and stolen bases (26).
Mayse also earned academic recognition with a 3.48 grade point average in the classroom as a Social Work major.
The awards give Tarleton State 44 all-time second-team selections, four all-time third-team selections, 25 all-academic award winners and Menchaca becomes the school's fourth LSC Gold Glove winner in school history.
Tarleton State will open up the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament tomorrow at 11 a.m. against Texas A&M-Commerce at Schaeffer Park in Canyon. The game can be heard on the Tarleton Sports Network presented by North Texas Ford Dealers on KTRL 90.5 FM in Stephenville or online at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive.