ST. LOUIS – Four Saint Louis softball student-athletes earned Atlantic 10 Conference postseason honors, the league office announced Tuesday.
Sophomore first baseman Sadie Wise garnered a spot on the All-Conference first team for a second consecutive season. Wise was joined on the top unit by sophomore center fielder Kat Lane and freshman left fielder Gabbie Kowalik, giving Saint Louis three first-team All-Conference selections for the first time in program history. At least one Billiken has collected first-team plaudits in seven consecutive seasons.
Kowalik also was tabbed A-10 Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Billiken softball player to earn the award.
Senior third baseman Kaylyn Breitbach was selected to the All-Conference second team.
Wise also was chosen to the A-10 All-Academic team, giving SLU at least one student-athlete on the prestigious 10-member squad for a sixth consecutive year.
Wise leads the A-10 and ranks 10th in the nation with a school-record 19 doubles. She is second in the league in batting average (.410); third in hits (64) and extra-base hits (26); fourth in on-base percentage (.469), slugging percentage (.660) and total bases (103); and fifth in RBI (42). Wise leads Saint Louis in walks (16) and lowest strikeout rate (once every 16 plate appearances), is tied for the SLU lead in runs (32) and is tied for second on the team in home runs (six).
In addition to setting the school mark for doubles, Wise has reached the top five in batting average, hits, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBI and total bases on SLU’s all-time single-season lists. She has hit safely in 40 of the Billikens’ 49 games, and her team-best 18-game hitting streak fell just two games shy of tying the school record. Wise posted a .457 batting average, an .871 slugging percentage and a .506 on-base percentage in conference play.
Lane is among the A-10 leaders in triples (three, tied for sixth), batting average (.364, seventh), hits (55, tied for ninth) and runs (32, tied for 11th and tied for the team lead). She leads Saint Louis in stolen bases (seven), has 10 RBI and carries a .404 on-base percentage in her leadoff spot in the batting order. Lane also has 11 outfield assists and has committed only one error.
Lane, whose .364 batting average ranks ninth on SLU’s all-time single-season list, has hit safely in 34 of her 44 games this season; she has gone hitless in two consecutive games only once. She registered a .392 batting average and .430 on-base percentage in A-10 games.
Kowalik owns a .331 batting average and a .393 on-base percentage. She is tied for 11th in RBI (34), 13th in total bases (80) and tied for 14th in home runs (six) in the A-10 rankings. Almost half (16) of Kowalik’s RBI have come with two outs, giving her the team lead in that category, and she is tied with Wise for the team lead in multiple-hit games (18).
A three-time A-10 Rookie of the Week, Kowalik has smacked eight doubles and two triples to help boost her slugging percentage to .530. Her 34 RBI are tied for ninth on SLU’s all-time single-season chart. In conference play, Kowalik hit .397 with five of her six home runs, 24 of her 34 RBI and eight of her nine multiple-RBI games.
Breitbach started 28 straight games behind the plate after Alyssa Chavez was injured in the season opener. She returned to her opening-day spot at third base on March 31.
Breitbach is fourth on the team with a .313 batting average, adding 55 points by going 19-for-45 (.422) over the last 15 games. She ranks second on the team in doubles (nine) and walks (15), third in on-base percentage (.399) and total bases (66), fourth in hits (42) and RBI (23), tied for fourth in home runs (five) and fifth in slugging percentage (.493).
In league action, Breitbach turned in a .355 batting average, a .581 slugging percentage and a .420 on-base percentage.