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ONU’s Davis, SXU’s Golic Top Softball Honor Roll

CHICAGO, Ill. — Olivet Nazarene University’s Alli Davis (Mount Zion, Ill.) and Saint Xavier University’s Allison Golic (Mentor, Ohio), two of the top performers at the NAIA national level, headline the 2021 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball honor roll, which was announced by the league office on Wednesday morning.

Named the CCAC Player of the Year, Davis ranks among the Top 25 players in the nation in no less than five categories highlighted by her No. 2 billings in slugging percentage (.911), runs batted in per game (1.46) and total bases per contest (3.03).  The senior shortstop also sits No. 5 in home runs per game (0.35) and No. 22 in batting average (.447).

On the conference level, she ranks first in each of those categories.

Besides each of those averages, Davis collected 55 hits, scored 34 runs and drove in another 54 in 37 games.  She also produced ten doubles, four triples and 13 home runs to go along with a .481 on-base average.

Golic has been equally impressive in the circle leading to her distinction as the CCAC Pitcher of the Year.  She has permitted opponents to hit just .161 off her – seventh-best in the nation – while also boasting the tenth-best earned run average (1.05), the 11th-most saves (three) and the 14th-most wins (21) against just two losses.

Each of those marks with the exception of the saves total, top the conference charts as does her 217 strikeouts against just 16 walks in 146 2/3 innings pitched.  Other numbers for the senior include 18 of her 23 starts being complete games with ten of those classified as shutouts.

The other top two individual honors went to the Roosevelt University program.  Jessica Schneider (Las Vegas, Nev.) was named the CCAC Freshman of the Year with Aaron Moore being recognized as the CCAC Coach of the Year.

Schneider was one of the top 20 hitters in the league batting .365.  Among her 57 hits were 17 doubles, two triples and two home runs with her 0.33 doubles per game average ranking sixth-best in the conference.

The second baseman also scored 40 runs, recorded 28 runs batted in, stole nine bases and had a .415 on-base percentage.

Moore has turned a 16-win program two years ago into a 37-game winner this spring and moved the Lakers from a ninth-place league finish into the No. 3 spot this year.

A total of 36 players representing each of the 12 member schools sponsoring softball were named to one of the two all-conference teams on Wednesday, as well.  The two teams (first and second) were split evenly with 18 players each.

Garnering the most spots was regular-season champion Olivet Nazarene with seven honorees followed by tournament champion Saint Xavier with six.  A league-best five SXU Cougars gained positions on the first team, while Olivet Nazarene and University of St. Francis had three first-team choices each.  Overall, St. Francis totaled five awardees.

Earning four spots between the two teams was Roosevelt with four, while Cardinal Stritch University and St. Ambrose University totaled three recipients each.  The rest of the all-conference teams were made up of two individuals each from Calumet College of St. Joseph and Indiana University South Bend and one from Judson University, Lincoln College, Trinity Christian College and Trinity International University.

Of the 18 players selected to the first team, five are familiar names with St. Francis’ Kayla Garcia (Chicago, Ill.) being the most recognizable.  The senior first baseman closed out her career going a perfect 4-for-4 on the first team.  Davis, meanwhile, was named to the first team for the third year in a row, while Cardinal Stritch’s Lauren Stoch (Homer Glen, Ill.), Olivet Nazarene’s Sara Beers (Greenwood, Ind.) and Golic were repeat selections.

Rounding out the list of award winners was Calumet College of St. Joseph and Trinity International University, who were named co-recipients of the Champions of Character Team award.

ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
Position Name Class School Hometown
OF/C Grace Elrod JR Calumet St. Joseph Cedar Lake, Ind.
UTL Lauren Stoch SR Cardinal Stritch Homer Glen, Ill.
C Mackenzie Myars JR Indiana South Bend Frankfort, Ind.
C Sara Beers SR Olivet Nazarene Greenwood, Ind.
IF Alli Davis SR Olivet Nazarene Mount Zion, Ill.
P/OF Miranda Southall SR Olivet Nazarene Wilmington, Ill.
INF Jessica Schneider FR Roosevelt Las Vegas, Nev.
P Kate Sisson SO Roosevelt Martinsville, Ind.
Util. Logan Frerichs SR St. Ambrose St. Joseph, Ill.
OF/C Olivia McClintock JR St. Ambrose Chatham, Ill.
OF Abbie Bailey SR Saint Xavier Tinley Park, Ill.
P Allison Golic SR Saint Xavier Mentor, Ohio
OF Lyda Robinson JR Saint Xavier Seneca, Ill.
C Brittany Schultz SR Saint Xavier New Lenox, Ill.
OF/1B Tori Williams SR Saint Xavier Wadsworth, Ill.
3B/1B Danielle Callahan JR St. Francis New Lenox, Ill.
1B/C Kayla Garcia SR St. Francis Chicago, Ill.
P/1B Hannah Vachon JR St. Francis Oxford, Mich.

ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
Position Name Class School Hometown
P/IB Sarah Kessler SR Calumet St. Joseph Lansing, Ill.
INF Chayse Lowney SR Cardinal Stritch Fort Madison, Iowa
2B Sarah Wilson JR Cardinal Stritch Mokena, Ill.
OF/C Shelby Baker SR Indiana South Bend Plainfield, Ind.
UT Gabby Melchiorre JR Judson Carol Stream, IL
OF Chloe Laubenstein FR Lincoln Lincoln, IL
INF Haley Dobson JR Olivet Nazarene Beecher, Ill.
P/UT Kori Fricke SO Olivet Nazarene Manteno, Ill.
INF Sydney Harrison SR Olivet Nazarene Lansing, Ill.
P/UT Katie Marker JR Olivet Nazarene Yorkville, Ill.
INF Kassie Kawka JR Roosevelt Palos Hills, Ill.
UT Aisley Njissang SR Roosevelt Los Altos, Calif.
OF/P Alyia Oliver FR St. Ambrose Springfield, Ill.
IF Tori Keilman SR Saint Xavier Highland, Ind.
Infield Sydni Mitchell JR Trinity Christian Oswego, Ill
P Hailey Baker SR Trinity International Crystal Lake, Ill.
OF/2B Christina Lorenzatti FR St. Francis Beecher, Ill.
SS/OF Brittany Osborne SO St. Francis Romeoville, Ill.